FINAL REPORT: Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities has issued its Final Report to the Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce.
The following is excepted from the letter from David M. Mank, Chair of the Advisory Committee conveying the Final Report:
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities was established under Section 609 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by Section 461 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, to advise in three areas:
(1) Ways to increase competitive integrated employment (CIE) opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) or other individuals with significant disabilities;
(2) The use of certificate program carried out under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the employment of individuals with I/DD or other individuals with significant disabilities; and
(3) Ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates.
The Committee was established in September 2014 according to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which helps ensure the independent nature of the Committee in providing advice and recommendations to the Administration.
The primary purpose of the work of the Committee was to address issues, and make recommendations, to improve the employment participation of people with I/DD and others with significant disabilities by ensuring opportunities for CIE.