Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), core partner programs are required to report on common measures. Data collection for this new requirement begins July 1, 2017. This will be a new endeavor for vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, that are accustomed to reporting on Federal Standards and Indicators.
Last week, the Trump administration released the President’s (executive) budget. The executive budget serves as an outline of the President’s agenda. History has shown that executive budget seldom resembles what ultimately gets passed by the Congress; however, this budget marked a definitive philosophy with winners and losers.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) recently published a report entitled “Report on Business Needs and Recommendations to Improve the Employment Rate of Americans with Disabilities.” Led by then Commissioner Janet LaBreck, this initiative was prompted by high unemployment rate for people with disabilities and assisting businesses with finding candidates with the necessary skills to meet their employment needs. The focus of this effort was on engaging business representatives from different industries to participate in a series of round table discussions.