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SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION
ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS
HEARING HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC, NOVEMBER 18, 1987
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COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR
AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS, California, Chairman WILLIAM D. FORD, Michigan
JAMES M. JEFFORDS, Vermont JOSEPH M. GAYDOS, Pennsylvania
WILLIAM F. GOODLING, Pennsylvania WILLIAM (BILL) CLAY, Missouri
E. THOMAS COLEMAN, Missouri MARIO BIAGGI, New York
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin AUSTIN J. MURPHY, Pennsylvania
MARGE ROUKEMA, New Jersey DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan
STEVE GUNDERSON, Wisconsin PAT WILLIAMS, Montana
STEVE BARTLETT, Texas MATTHEW G. MARTINEZ, California THOMAS J. TAUKE, Iowa MAJOR R. OWENS, New York
RICHARD K. ARMEY, Texas CHARLES A. HAYES, Illinois
HARRIS W. FAWELL, Illinois CARL C. PERKINS, Kentucky
PAUL B. HENRY, Michigan THOMAS C. SAWYER, Ohio
FRED GRANDY, Iowa STEPHEN J. SOLARZ, New York
CASS BALLENGER, North Carolina ROBERT E. WISE, JR., West Virginia TIMOTHY J. PENNY, Minnesota BILL RICHARDSON, New Mexico TOMMY F. ROBINSON, Arkansas PETER J. VISCLOSKY, Indiana CHESTER G. ATKINS, Massachusetts JAMES JONTZ, Indiana
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION
MAJOR R. OWENS, New York, Chairman PAT WILLIAMS, Montana
STEVE BARTLETT, Texas MARIO BIAGGI, New York
JAMES F. JEFFORDS, Vermont AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS, California
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REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1987
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:10 a.m., in room 2261, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Major R. Owens (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Members present: Representatives Owens, Williams, Biaggi, Bartlett, and Jeffords.
Staff present: Maria Cuprill, staff director; Laurence Peters, counsel; Robert Tate, legislative analyst; Pat Laird, legislative assistant; Jillian Evans, committee clerk; and Gary Granofsky, research assistant.
Mr. OWENS. The Subcommittee on Select Education will come to order. I have a brief opening statement.
U.S. Government programs for disabled people represent splendid high points in our national legislation for citizens in need. The Rehabilitation Services Administration is a well-established component of the safety net for disabled people. The genesis and the history of RSA and its related agencies reflect the wisdom, vision, and compassion of the Congress. These elements have merged repeatedly to produce very practical, worthwhile results for disabled people of America.
Ongoing and widespread bipartisan support has guaranteed continual, reasonable authorization and appropriations for Federal programs for disabled people. A great amount of dedication and commitment, as well as political skill, has been utilized by the policymakers and legislators who have made the necessary resources available. Given such overwhelming support, the question is why are we not currently achieving results which are commensurate with such support? This hearing is seeking whatever clues there are which may contribute toward the unraveling of this mystery.
More specifically, the Subcommittee on Select Education is baffled by the large number of vacant positions in RSA and by the duration of those vacancies. We are baffled by the length of time the staff has taken to implement a priority program such as the new supported employment program. We are puzzled and disappointed by the failure of all rehabilitation programs to take great leaps forward. We don't see why we don't have in America a national, stateof-the-art program for the disabled.
Since there is no political party bickering to slow its advance, we cannot comprehend the stagnation of the past few years. Are the