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New Data Dashboards Webinar

Since PY 2017, RSA has shared Case Service Report (RSA-911) data dashboards with State VR agencies to support quality assurance, improve data quality, and foster data-driven decision making in the VR program. RSA is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the VRTAC-QM and RehabData Workgroup to redesign the data dashboards for PY 2022. The new tools include not only more data, but historical data and enhanced metrics for all State VR agencies in a single accessible Excel workbook that RSA will update each quarter. 

For an overview of the new data dashboards, please join RSA and the VRTAC-QM for a live webinar on Monday, December 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Register here. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you will be able to view a recording shortly after the presentation.

(November 22, 2022)

NCSAB Fall 2022 Conference

The theme of NCSAB's Fall 2022 Conference is "The Power of Connection and Collaboration." On November 2, 2022, OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Katy Neas delivered a keynote and RSA leaders presented fiscal and performance data along with updates related to RSA programs, including the State VR Services Program. Please view RSA's presentation titled, RSA Financial Update & WIOA Performance Accountability and VR Program Data Collection and ReportingPerformance data is available in this Accessible Excel file

(November 2, 2022)

CSAVR Fall 2022 Conference

The theme of CSAVR's Fall 2022 Conference is the "Future is Now." During the conference, OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Katy Neas delivered a keynote and RSA leaders presented fiscal and performance data along with other information related to the programs RSA administers. Below are slide decks of two presentations RSA delivered: 

(October 31, 2022)

RSA Publishes PY 2021 WIOA Annual Reports

On October 28, 2022, RSA published the PY 2021 WIOA Annual Reports for the VR program. In addition to information related to the characteristics and barriers to employment of the participants served the VR program, the national summary and State-level reports include performance results across the five WIOA performance indicators for the third consecutive year:

  1. Measurable Skill Gains Rate (participants during PY 2021);
  2. Employment Rate in the Second Quarter after Exit (participants who exited during PY 2020);
  3. Median Earnings in the Second Quarter after Exit (participants who exited during PY 2020);
  4. Employment Rate in the Fourth Quarter after Exit (participants who exited during CY 2020); and
  5. Credential Attainment Rate (participants who exited during CY 2020)

The sixth indicator, Effectiveness in Serving Employers, remained in pilot during PY 2021. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration will publish the ESE results in the title I and III program reports.

(October 28, 2022)

RSA Awards $177 Million in SWTCIE Grants to Support Competitive Integrated Employment

On September 21, 2022, RSA announced new five-year grant awards for the Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment (SWTCIE) demonstration project to 14 VR agencies through the Disability Innovation Fund. The purpose of these discretionary grants is to decrease the use of subminimum wages and increase access to competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. Learn more about the 14 SWTCIE  projects and read the U.S. Department of Education's press release

(September 21, 2022)

ED and DOL Update WIOA Performance Accountability Guidance

On September 15, 2022, ED and DOL updated the joint policy guidance related to the WIOA Performance Accountability system and RSA reissued TAC-17-01 titled Performance Accountability Guidance for WIOA Core Programs. This joint policy guidance rescinds and replaces TAC 17-01, published on August 23, 2017.

This update reflects changes made to the information collection request (OMB Control No. 1205-0526), after August 23, 2017, and incorporates other changes to improve clarity of the guidance. On page 66, Attachment X summarizes substantive and technical revisions in the order in which they appear. The remainder of the joint policy guidance remains unchanged.

(September 15, 2022)

ED and DOL Propose Definition for Effectiveness in Serving Employers

On September 15, 2022, ED and DOL announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to incorporate a standard definition for the Effectiveness in Serving Employers performance indicator in the WIOA joint regulations. RSA encourages State VR agencies and stakeholders to provide feedback during the 60-day public comment period that closes on November 14, 2022. The proposed rule is published in the Federal Register.

(September 14, 2022)

Federal Partners Release “Resource Leveraging and Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities”

On August 16, 2022, along with its Federal partners, RSA released Resource Leveraging and Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The resource, which comprises a Federal Joint Communication to State and Local Governments and a Frequently Asked Questions document, focus on the benefits of and support for blending, braiding, and sequencing resources to increase competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

The partner agencies include the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and Employment and Training Administration (ETA); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and Office of Special Education Programs; and the Social Security Administration's Office of Retirement and Disability Policy.

On October 18, 2022, ETA issued a Training Employment Notice (07-22) that includes additional resources. 

(August 16, 2022)

Federal Partners Release "A Framework for Community Engagement"

On August 3, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services published A Framework for Community Engagement – A Pathway to Competitive Integrated Employment. The employment of individuals with disabilities benefits our communities and our nation as they maximize their skills and talents and contribute fully to our economy.

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this paper, targeted to both policymakers and service providers, presents a joint Federal vision for community engagement by individuals with disabilities. Community engagement, supported by a variety of service systems, enables individuals with disabilities to expand skills and experience so that they may secure high-quality and personally satisfying careers and jobs and the benefits of employment. In addition to explaining what community engagement means and its benefits, this paper contains information about the wide variety of services, that when provided together, expand opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to achieve competitive integrated employment.

(August 3, 2022)

RSA Publishes Annual Report to the President and Congress: 2017-2020

On May 23, 2022, RSA published its Report on Federal Activities Under The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA, for Fiscal Years 2017–2020

This report to the President and Congress describes RSA's activities during FYs 2017 through 2020. The report outlines the purpose, funding, activities, and performance of each formula and discretionary grant program RSA administers, including RSA's collaboration with other Federal agencies. RSA also explains reasons underlying trends in performance, including the effect, if any, of the COVID-19 pandemic on the trends, and the technical assistance provided by RSA to improve the performance of the programs. 

RSA is responsible for preparing and submitting these reports under Section 13 of the Rehabilitation Act; these reports are published on the RSA website. In addition, the WIOA Annual Reports  are also available. 

(May 23, 2022)