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WIOA Advisory Committee Releases Final Report

September 30, 2016

On September 15th, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released its final report consisting of recommendations on how to bolster competitive integrated employment for youth and adults with disabilities. Chaired by David Mank, the committee was established through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The purpose of the Committee was to prepare findings, conclusions, and recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on:

  • Ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment (CIE);
  • The use of subminimum wage through section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the employment of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities; and
  • Ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates.

The Committee membership consisted of 18 individuals from across the country, including both federal officials and private citizens from specific groups identified in the WIOA legislation (including leaders and experts from the disability community). During the past two years, the Committee held 10 public meetings to both discuss various topics relevant to increasing employment opportunities for individual with disabilities and to solicit pertinent testimony from disability-related stakeholders. Additionally, over the 24-month period, the Committee reported receiving more than 2,000 letters, emails, and personal video messages from people with disabilities, and other citizens and organizations across the nation that helped inform the work of the Committee and its final recommendations.

The following are some of the general recommendations from the report broken down by their established sub-categories:

  • Overall Capacity Building
    • Create a federal interagency taskforce focused on policies to expand capacity of competitive integrated employment and advance economic self-sufficiency
    • Increase funding and initiatives to help agencies build capacity, develop national standards of professional competence, and train professionals skilled in facilitating competitive integrated employment
  • Capacity Building for Youth
    • Increase opportunities for early work experience
    • Ensure systems integration for seamless transition
  • Capacity Building through Changes in the Use and Oversight of 14(c) Certificates
    • Congressional amendment to the FLSA to allow for a multi-year, well-planned phase out of Section 14(c)
    • Ensure the federal government assists states with building capacity of service systems to provide CIE services as alternatives to those provided under programs using a 14(c) certificate
  • Building Capacity in the Marketplace
    • Develop additional outreach to federal contractors regarding the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Section 503 regulations which establish disability hiring goals
    • Increase and more effectively communicate and perform outreach to businesses
  • Capacity Building in Specific Federal Agencies
    • Develop a policy reform initiative designed to increase the number of SSI/SSDI beneficiaries in CIE
    • Establish a cross-agency working group to provide policy guidance and technical assistance on integrated day and wraparound services that complement and maximize CIE and that advance the socioeconomic status and security of people with disabilities
  • Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment in the AbilityOne® Program
    • Amend the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act (JWOD) to fully align the Act with modern federal disability law and policy goals by reforming the criteria for contract procurement selection and for program eligibility
    • Research the current use of AbilityOne to identify how the program is serving the target population and to determine steps for improving its ability to create CIE opportunities

For more detailed information, read the final Advisory Committee Report.