34 CFR 364.21 - What are the requirements for the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)?
(b)Appointment and composition -
(i) The SILC must include -
(A) At least one director of a center chosen by the directors of centers within the State; and
(B) As ex officio, nonvoting members, a representative from the DSU and representatives from other State agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities.
(ii) The SILC may include -
(A) Other representatives from centers;
(B) Parents and legal guardians of individuals with disabilities;
(C) Advocates of and for individuals with disabilities;
(D) Representatives from private businesses;
(E) Representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities; and
(F) Other appropriate individuals.
(c)Qualifications. The SILC must be composed of members -
(1) Who provide statewide representation;
(2) Who represent a broad range of individuals with disabilities; and
(3) Who are knowledgeable about centers and IL services.
(1)In general. Except as provided in paragraph (e)(2) of this section, the SILC shall select a chairperson from among the voting membership of the SILC.
(2)Designation by Governor. In States in which the Governor does not have veto power pursuant to State law, the Governor shall designate a voting member of the SILC to serve as the chairperson of the SILC or shall require the SILC to so designate a voting member.
(f)Terms of appointment. Each member of the SILC shall serve for term of three years, except that -
(1) A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which a predecessor was appointed must be appointed for the remainder of that term;
(2) The terms of service of the members initially appointed must be (as specified by the appointing authority) for the fewer number of years as will provide for the expiration of terms on a staggered basis; and
(3) No member of the SILC may serve for more than two consecutive full terms.
(g)Duties. The SILC shall -
(2) Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State plan;
(3) Coordinate activities with the State Rehabilitation Advisory Council established under section 105 of the Act and councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues under other Federal law;
(4) Ensure that all regularly scheduled meetings of the SILC are open to the public and sufficient advance notice is provided; and
(5) Submit to the Secretary all periodic reports as the Secretary may reasonably request and keep all records, and afford access to all records, as the Secretary finds necessary to verify the periodic reports.
(h)Hearings. The SILC is authorized to hold any hearings and forums that the SILC determines to be necessary to carry out its duties.
(1) The SILC shall prepare, in conjunction with the DSU, a resource plan for the provision of resources, including staff and personnel, made available under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act, part C of title I of the Act, and from other public and private sources that may be necessary to carry out the functions of the SILC under this part.
(2) The SILC's resource plan must, to the maximum extent possible, rely on the use of resources in existence during the period of implementation of the State plan.
(3) No conditions or requirements may be included in the SILC's resource plan that may compromise the independence of the SILC.
(4) The SILC is responsible for the proper expenditure of funds and use of resources that it receives under the resource plan.
(1) The SILC shall, consistent with State law, supervise and evaluate its staff and other personnel as may be necessary to carry out its functions under this section.
(2) While assisting the SILC in carrying out its duties, staff and other personnel made available to the SILC by the DSU may not be assigned duties by the designated State agency or DSU, or any other agency or office of the State, that would create a conflict of interest.
(k)Reimbursement and compensation. The SILC may use the resources described in paragraph (i) of this section to reimburse members of the SILC for reasonable and necessary expenses of attending SILC meetings and performing SILC duties (including child care and personal assistance services) and to pay compensation to a member of the SILC, if the member is not employed or must forfeit wages from other employment, for each day the member is engaged in performing SILC duties.
(l)Conflict of interest. The code of conduct provisions in 2 CFR 200.318 and the conflict of interest provisions in 34 CFR 75.524 and 75.525 apply to members of the SILC. For purposes of this paragraph and 2 CFR 200.318 and 34 CFR 75.524, and 75.525, a SILC is not considered a government, governmental entity, or governmental recipient.