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Advisory Committee to Increase Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Announced by US Labor Department

September 22, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a Committee created to study and provide recommendations to the Secretary of Labor on ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and the use of the certificate program carried out under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as well as improving oversight of the use of such certificates.

The creation of the committee is mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014, WIOA, among other highlights, seeks to strengthen the public workforce system by unifying and streamlining services to better serve job seekers with disabilities. 

The National Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities will be made up of leaders from the U.S. Departments of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Social Security Administration. Additionally, any interested person or organization may nominate one or more qualified individuals for membership.

To submit a nominee, individuals can do so by emailing a cover letter, resume and contact information to IntegratedCompetitiveEmployment@dol.gov, or by mail to: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Advisory Commission on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment, Room S-1303, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210. Electronic or hand delivered nominations must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Nominations submitted by mail must be postmarked by Oct. 14.

For more information, please click here to view the Federal Register announcement