Responding to industry demand, the no-fee open-source software will be available for vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies nationwide to test their RSA-911 reports before submission to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
Alliance Enterprises, Inc. (Alliance) announced today a plan to develop and support software that will help state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies in preparing and submitting their federally mandated RSA-911 quarterly reports. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides leadership and VR resources to assist state and other agencies in providing VR and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market. The RSA-911 report contains a record of demographic and programmatic data for each person who exited the Vocational Rehabilitation program in that fiscal year.
The new RSA-911 quarterly reporting requirement is part of the ongoing implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by VR state agencies across the nation. The first quarterly RSA-911 report is due mid-November 2017, and Alliance expects to have the new open-source software available by November 1, 2017. In addition to performing compliance and data quality tests, the new Alliance RSA-911 edit checker will test for compliance of new 16-04 Policy Directives that went into effect for Program Year 2017 which began on July 1, 2017.
“Our Aware community asked Alliance to develop this valuable audit tool, and we are responding to our customers’ needs,” said Alliance CEO, Chris M. Pieper. “The new RSA-911 edit checker will be available to all VR agencies, at no cost, and will help ensure that agency reports reflect a high-quality metric based on our interpretation of the RSA-911 policy directives.”
Founded in 1981, Alliance has a rich history of developing software in support of the nation’s commitment to helping people with disabilities acquire new skills and obtain meaningful employment. Alliance’s Aware software is the industry standard for vocational rehabilitation case management, data analytics and cloud services and is used by more than 12,000 rehabilitation service providers across 38 state agencies and 23 tribal nations.
Alliance announced plans for the new RSA-911 edit checker at the getAwareLive! workforce conference in Dallas this week. Conference keynote speaker David Steele, who is fiscal unit chief at the RSA, will discuss new federal guidance that positions state agencies to be in full compliance with accurate, complete and timely WIOA financial reporting, reducing the risk of recovery of funds. The annual getAwareLive! event brings together vocational rehabilitation, workforce, accessibility and technology professionals to share experiences, best practices and collaborate on improving opportunities for people with disabilities.
For more about RSA, David Steel and the getAwareLive! event go to www.getAwareLive.com
For more about Alliance Enterprises, go to www.allianceenterprises.com