On July 20 and 21, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) held its ninth and final meeting. The Committee was formed by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), tasked with developing a report of recommendations to the Administration on ways to increase competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. The Committee held its first meeting in early 2015, and has met regularly since then. An interim report was issued last year. (See WICs article, "Updates from WIOA Advisory Committee Meeting October 14-15, Interim Report," October 20, 2015.)The Committee released its draft final report, which will be formally submitted in September. The final report is available here.
The Committee's recommendations largely focus on expanding HCBS services, building a stronger transition system for youth, outreach and collaboration with the business community, and reforming the use of 14(c) certificates. The Committee recommends that Congress should amend Section 14(c) of the FLSA to "allow for a well-designed, multi-year phase-out of the Section 14(c) Program." Any phase-out of the program, the Committee urges, should be accompanied by strong oversight and transition services to avoid unintended negative consequences for individuals impacted.