IDD Update April 28, 2015 – WIOA, IM4Q

IDD Update April 28, 2015 – WIOA, IM4Q

US Education Department
The US Secretary of Education has proposed some changes in federal regulations published in the Federal Register. The Secretary proposes to amend the regulations governing the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program and the State Supported Employment Services. The new regulations would implement changes to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, needed to comply with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted on July 22, 2014. The proposed regulations would also impose limits on the use of subminimum wages. Comments are due by June 15.

WIOA Proposed Rulemaking
The US Departments of Labor and Education have released five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Apparently, there are accessibility issues with the NPRM for WIOA Regulations. Suzanne B. Mitchell, chief of the RSA Technical Assistance Unit, forwarded a link related to accessibility, which should resolve the issue.

WIOA Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities will hold its third meeting on May 11-12, via webinar. The meeting will be open to the public and will take place each day from 1:00-5:00 pm EDT. During the meeting, the committee will hear expert testimony, and its four subcommittees will report on their efforts to date and discuss next steps in their work. There will be a public comment period on May 11, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice. Members of the public wishing to participate in the webinar must register by May 4.

IM4Q Training
Mark your calendars for the ODP Annual Statewide Training on Independent Monitoring for Quality on July 29-30 at the Harrisburg Hilton.

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