[vendtalk] Obama/Randolph-Sheppard

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Friday, January 20,  2012
 -As our nation continues to recover from the  economic downturn, the 
President continues to demonstrate that all  Americans, including Americans with 
disabilities, must play a part in that  recovery and have opportunities to 
work and contribute to our  society.
Today, the President issued a memorandum to the  heads of Executive 
Departments and Agencies regarding the Federal Support  for the Randolph-Sheppard 
Vending Facility Program. 

The  text is below or you can find it online at: 
d-vending-facili) .
Office of the Press  Secretary
For Immediate Release January 20, 2012
January 20,  2012
Memorandum For the Heads of Executive Departments  and Agencies
SUBJECT: Federal Support for the Randolph-Sheppard  Vending Facility Program

Thousands of Americans who are blind have  embraced the entrepreneurial 
spirit that helps define our Nation as a land  of opportunity. Through the 
Federal Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility  Program administered by the 
Department of Education, talented and creative  individuals who are blind have 
acquired the management training and business  skills necessary to realize the 
American dream -- a lifetime of economic  opportunity, independence, and 
self-sufficiency for themselves and their  families.

For 75 years, blind business managers have successfully  operated food 
services and commercial ventures at Federal, State, and  private buildings and 
locations nationwide. We honor and celebrate this  program's historic 
achievements. We also trust that the Randolph-Sheppard  Program will continue to be 
a leading model for providing high-quality  entrepreneurial opportunities 
for blind individuals. From a simple snack  shop, to tourist services at the 
Hoover Dam, to full food-services  operations at military installations, 
blind entrepreneurs have provided  exceptional customer service to Federal and 
State employees, the Armed  Forces, and the general public. With proven 
ability, they have challenged  preconceived notions about disability.

The Randolph-Sheppard Act (20  U.S.C. 107 et seq.) created the Vending 
Facility Program requiring qualified  blind individuals be given a priority to 
operate vending facilities on  Federal properties. This program is 
responsible today for providing  entrepreneurial opportunities for over 2,500 
individuals who are blind. In  turn, these business managers have hired thousands of 
workers, many of whom  are individuals with disabilities. Every American, 
including persons with  disabilities, deserves the opportunity to succeed 
without limits, earn equal  pay for equal jobs, and aspire to full-time, 
career-oriented  employment.

Continued support and cooperation are needed from  executive departments, 
agencies, and offices (agencies) to extend the  Randolph-Sheppard priority to 
qualified blind managers through the State  licensing agencies that 
implement the program. Therefore, I direct all  agencies that have property 
management responsibilities to ensure that  agency officials, when pursuing the 
establishment and operation of vending  facilities (including cafeterias and 
military dining facilities) as defined  in 20 U.S.C. 107e, issue permits and 
contracts in compliance with the  Randolph-Sheppard Program and consistent 
with existing regulations and law.  I further direct the Secretary of 
Education, through the Commissioner of the  Rehabilitation Services Administration, 
to submit a report to the President  on agencies' implementation of the 
Randolph-Sheppard Program not later than  1 year from the date of this 

This memorandum is not  intended to, and does not, create any right or 
benefit, substantive or  procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any 
party against the United  States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its 
officers, employees, or  agents, or any other person.
The Secretary of Education is hereby  authorized and directed to publish 
this memorandum in the Federal  Register.

Paul Edwards,  Director
North Campus Access  Services
11380 Northwest 27  Avenue
Miami  FL33167
PHONE: (305)  237-1146
FAX: (305)  237-1831
CELL PHONE: (305)  984-0909
HOME PHONE: (305)  692-9206

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