[Ct-nfb] [Ct-nfb c] [FW: [NCSAB Exec] WIA Update]
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Subject: FW: [NCSAB Exec] WIA Update
From: "Sigman, Brian" < <http://Brian.Sigman@ct.gov> Brian.Sigman at ct.gov>
Date: Fri, July 15, 2011 2:01 pm
To: "' <mailto:llee at nfbct.org> llee at nfbct.org'" < <mailto:llee at nfbct.org> llee at nfbct.org>
Immediately below is an update on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act from the NCSAB policy advisor Dr. Fred Schroeder.
To NCSAB Executive Committee
From: Fred Schroeder
Date: July 15, 2011
Subject: WIA Update
As you know, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee
released its draft of a bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act
(WIA) in mid June. Committee staff allowed a very brief time for
organizations and individuals to review the draft and to submit comments.
The WIA reauthorization was originally scheduled for full committee markup
on June 29 but was rescheduled for July 13. The date of the hearing was
again pushed back to July 27, and it has now been pushed back once again to
One concern on which we commented relates to the proposed new Section 511.
Section 511 would require VR agencies to take a number of affirmative steps
before placing an individual into sheltered (extended) employment at a
subminimum wage. Our concern is that the new Section 511 seems to be
reopening the door to sheltered workshop placements by VR agencies. We have
talked with Committee staff and they assure us that the intent is to
discourage sheltered subminimum wage employment. We support the Committee's
view that sheltered work should be minimized; however the new Section 511
seems to work in a way contrary to the Committee's goal.
Another of are concerns relates to the administration of the older blind
program. Language in the proposed bill for Title VII, Independent Living,
establishes a new Independent Living Administration (ILA) with a director
appointed by the Secretary of Education. The ILA director will have
authority over the Independent Living parts B and C programs but not over
older blind services. The older blind program will continue to be
administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration; however the name
of the program will be changed to remove the reference to independent living
services. The services and other program requirements are unchanged.
As further information becomes available, I will pass it along.
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