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RSA Publishes PY22 WIOA Annual Reports and Performance Assessment Results

On October 30, 2023, RSA published the PY 2022 WIOA Annual Reports and notified the leadership of Congressional committees. 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 five WIOA performance indicators for the third consecutive year.

In addition, RSA published the PY 2022 WIOA Performance Assessment Results for the VR program. These results are also available at Accountability. RSA conducted these assessments in accordance with joint policy guidance (FAQ 23-01) issued August 11, 2023. 

(October 30, 2023)

RSA Publishes MTAG and Announces FFY 2024 Reviews

On October 23, 2023, RSA published the Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG) it will use in monitoring the VR and Supported Employment programs during FFY 2024. The MTAG serves as a resource and planning guide for VR agencies and RSA State Teams to assist in the preparation for and conduct of monitoring and technical assistance activities in two focus areas. RSA’s goal for monitoring and technical assistance is to support VR agencies in maximizing the use of VR program funds and fostering continuous improvement in competitive integrated employment outcomes achieved by individuals with disabilities, taking into account the unique circumstances and needs of each VR agency. To review RSA’s monitoring resources, please visit VR Program Monitoring.

In FFY 2024, RSA will monitor and provide technical assistance to the following eight VR agencies: Arizona-Combined, Colorado-Combined, Florida-General, Illinois-Combined, Michigan-General, New Jersey-General, New York-General, and Utah-Combined. 

(October 23, 2023)

RSA Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Recognizing the importance of ensuring all people have equal opportunity to contribute their skills and talents, this year’s theme is “Advancing Access and Equity.” Learn more from our Federal partners at the Office of Disability Employment Programs at dol.gov/NDEAM.

On October 2, 2023, President Biden issued a Proclamation on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2023 and delivered Remarks Celebrating the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act at the White House. 

On October 5, 2023, Secretary Cardona shared a video featuring Khalil Watson, a Masters degree student in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University, sharing his story and experience with the VR program in Virginia

On October 6, 2023, Secretary Cardona shared a video featuring Kathryn Hayfield, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, reflecting on the value of the VR program and the Rehabilitation Act. 

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(October 2, 2023)

RSA Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - the first Federal legislation to address access and equity for people with disabilities. In commemoration of the anniversary, OSERS and RSA celebrated throughout the month of September. 

  • On September 1, 2023, RSA was proud to take part in the VR Workforce Studio podcast: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The podcast features VR success stories from across the country and is available throughout the month of September as we celebrate the 50th anniversary. 
  • On September 21, 2023, OSERS published a Blog that looks back on the past 50 years of both the Rehabilitation Act and the VR program and looks ahead at the next 50 years. 
  • On September 26, 2023, RSA and CSAVR released a feature video: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act: Through our History, Successes and Vision for the Future. In the video, former Senator Tom Harkin recounts the history behind the Rehabilitation Act; guitarist George Dennehy performs his song, "Work Makes the World Go Round," featuring individuals with disabilities at work; and OSERS Assistant Secretary Glenna Wright-Gallo discusses the impact of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • On September 26, 2023, OSERS and RSA participated in the White House Forum on Disability Policy Forum Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The event was held at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. 
  • On September 26, 2023, President Biden issued a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary
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(September 26, 2023)

RSA Shares Training for PYs 24-27 WIOA State Plans

On September 25, 2023, RSA shared new training for the WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan for PYs 2024-2027. The video outlines the requirements for submission of the State Plan and addresses the redesigned VR services portion of the State Plan. Visit the NCRTM Library to access the supporting PowerPoint presentation and transcript. 

(September 25, 2023)

RSA Awards $199 Million to Improve Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities Through Partnerships

On September 15, 2023, RSA announced it will fund 20 model demonstration projects focused on improving economic self-sufficiency for students with disabilities by creating systemic approaches to enhance post-school outcomes. The nearly $199 million in funding for the Pathways to Partnerships projects supports collaborative partnerships between VR agencies, state and local educational agencies, and federally funded centers for independent living to help individuals with disabilities seamlessly transition to life after high school - preparing them for independent living, competitive integrated employment, and community integration. Pathways to Partnerships is the largest discretionary grant ever administered by RSA. 

Learn more about the 20 projects and read the U.S. Department of Education's Press Release

(September 15, 2023)

OSERS Launches "Successful Transitions for All" Blog Series

On August 14, 2023, RSA's Carol Dobak and OSEP's Valerie Williams published the first blog in a series for Expect, Engage, Empower: Successful Transitions for All. To learn more about this secondary transition initiative, please visit Ideas That Work

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(August 14, 2023)

DOL and ED Announce PY 2022 WIOA Performance Assessments

On August 11, 2023, DOL and ED issued joint policy guidance related to PY 2022 performance assessments. The Departments have determined it is appropriate and reasonable to assess performance for the WIOA title I, III, and IV core programs for the following performance indicators, as applicable:

  • Employment Rate 2nd Quarter after Exit;
  • Median Earnings 2nd Quarter after Exit;
  • Employment Rate 4th Quarter after Exit; and
  • Credential Attainment Rate.

The Departments determined it is necessary to delay assessment of:

  • Measurable Skill Gains Rate for the WIOA titles I and IV core programs;
  • All performance indicators for the WIOA title II core program;
  • The Overall State Indicator Scores; and
  • The Overall State Program Scores for the WIOA titles I, II, and IV programs.
(August 11, 2023)

RSA Issues VR Program Guidance on Maximizing Services and Use of Funds

On July 11, 2023, RSA issued guidance titled, Maximizing Services and the Use of Funds to Support Quality Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Programs (RSA-TAC-23-03).

This guidance supports VR agencies’ efforts and the mutual efforts of community rehabilitation programs, employers, families, and other stakeholders to maximize VR and supported employment services and supports that assist individuals with disabilities in achieving long-term labor market attachment in competitive integrated employmentTAC 23-03 describes how VR agencies can maximize the use of funds to provide a full continuum of services that will strengthen quality employment outcomes leading to lasting careers and economic success for individuals with disabilities through participant engagement, informed choice, investment in postsecondary training, access to assistive technology and critical support services, work-based learning experiences and apprenticeships, and meaningful partnerships within the workforce development system.

(July 11, 2023)

DOL and ED Share Webcast for WIOA Negotiations and Sanctions Guidance

On May 10, 2023, DOL and ED issued a revision to the joint policy guidance outlining the WIOA performance accountability system’s negotiations and sanctions processes; RSA reissued TAC-20-02: Negotiations and Sanctions for the WIOA Core Programs.

On July 6, 2023, the Departments shared a 17 minute Webcast that highlights key points in the joint guidance and provides an example of the revised performance assessment process. Additional information and materials related to the Webcast are available on WorkforceGPS.  

(July 6, 2023)