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Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) established new requirements for the development of MOUs in the one-stop service delivery system. The Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) website has posted a Sample MOU and accompanying Cost Allocation Analyses that may be used as a reference guide or toolkit when developing an MOU. The sample MOU and toolkit includes the one-stop operating budget, Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA), and cost allocation methodologies pursuant to the requirements of section 121 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), its implementing regulations in the Joint WIOA Final Rule at 20 CFR part 678 and the corresponding Department of Education implementing regulations at 34 CFR parts 361 and 463 and the relevant guidance. For more information and to view the Sample MOU and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit, please visit https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2017/03/23/13/30/Sample_MOU_Infrastructure_Costs_Toolkit).

(March 24, 2017)

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Frequently Asked Questions on Period of Performance for Formula Grant Awards

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has received requests for clarification regarding the period of performance for the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA’s) formula grant awards. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page was developed which defines the period of performance and its impact on the obligation and carryover of Federal funds. The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to RSA formula grantees that will enable them to maximize the drawdown of Federal award funds during the period of performance and assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.

(March 22, 2017)



Commissioner's Corner


The third edition of Commissioner's Corner is now on-line.

(January 19, 2017)



Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” FAQ


The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has received requests for clarification of the definition of "competitive integrated employment," particularly with respect to the "integrated employment location" criteria of that definition for purposes of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. In response, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has been developed which addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of "competitive integrated employment" in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and its implementing VR program regulations in 34 CFR §361.5(c)(9)(ii) (see 81 FR 55629 (August 19, 2016)). The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so that they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.

(January 18, 2017)

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Technical Assistance Circulars related to the One-Stop Service Delivery System


The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announces the publication of two Technical Assistance Circulars (TAC):

This policy guidance is being issued jointly with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical and Adult Education and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

TAC 17-02 provides general guidance for the implementation of operational requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) pertaining to the one-stop delivery system, branded nationally as the American Job Center network. Due to the broad scope of the one-stop delivery system, encompassing multiple programs administered by different Federal agencies, this guidance provides the primary components for understanding and implementing an integrated American Job Center network.

TAC 17-03 provides guidance on the operating costs of the one-stop delivery system, which are comprised of infrastructure costs and additional costs (i.e., career services, shared operating costs, and shared services) in accordance with the requirements set forth in WIOA and its implementing regulations.

(January 18, 2017)

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Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities


The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is pleased to publish A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (PDF, 1.1MB). This guide is being issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce. This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:

  • Transition planning: opportunities and programs;
  • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
  • Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.
We recognize the significance of collaborative partnerships and hope that the information in this guide will assist students and youth with disabilities and their families in developing and pursuing their goals for adult life. Additionally, this transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.

(January 13, 2017)

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Performance Accountability Guidance for WIOA Core Programs


TAC-17-01 — "Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs" PDF (1.4MB)

(December 20, 2016)

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WIOA State Plans


The Departments of Labor and Education are pleased to announce the availability of the approved Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified or Combined State Plans at WIOA State Plans. The public and workforce system stakeholders may view, download, or search the State Plans for information on how states are undertaking the implementation of WIOA. The search feature provides users a method for searching any or all State plans based on a topic, word or phrase within a section, multiple sections, or the entirety of a State plan, and to compare strategies and practices.

(December 15, 2016)

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Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) - November 2016


The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), together with its federal partners in the Departments of Education and Labor, provided technical assistance on the final regulations under titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) fall conference, November 7 through November 10, 2016. Under title I, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing the joint performance indicators and the one-stop infrastructure. Under title IV, the Rehabilitation Act, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program, as well as final regulations implementing new section 511, Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage.

(November 23, 2016)

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Webinars


RSA maintains a page listing upcoming and past webinars. You may find these webinars of particular interest.

(October 14, 2016)

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RSA-911


The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announces the posting of the first in a series of webinars related to the changes and the collection and reporting of data via the Case Service Report RSA-911. In this recorded webinar, RSA staff provide an overview of the performance measures, key terms in the joint guidance, information on how the terms apply to VR and the RSA-911. RSA also discusses the deliverable timelines for 2016 and 2017 and how to use the RSA-911 data to monitor the performance of the VR program within the state agency.

Download the webinar and transcript for “RSA-911 - Introduction to Data Collection and Reporting Requirements” from the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) website.

Also, you may be interested in the page Supporting Information for the RSA-911 Data.

(October 5, 2016)

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