29 U.S. Code § 702 - Rehabilitation Services Administration
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(a) There is established in the Office of the Secretary a Rehabilitation Services Administration which shall be headed by a Commissioner (hereinafter in this chapter referred to as the “Commissioner”) appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Except for subchapters IV and V of this chapter and as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, such Administration shall be the principal agency, and the Commissioner shall be the principal officer, of such Department for carrying out this chapter. The Commissioner shall be an individual with substantial experience in rehabilitation and in rehabilitation program management. In the performance of the functions of the office, the Commissioner shall be directly responsible to the Secretary or to the Under Secretary or an appropriate Assistant Secretary of such Department, as designated by the Secretary. The functions of the Commissioner shall not be delegated to any officer not directly responsible, both with respect to program operation and administration, to the Commissioner. Any reference in this chapter to duties to be carried out by the Commissioner shall be considered to be a reference to duties to be carried out by the Secretary acting through the Commissioner. In carrying out any of the functions of the office under this chapter, the Commissioner shall be guided by general policies of the National Council on Disability established under subchapter IV of this chapter.
Source(Pub. L. 93–112, § 3, as added Pub. L. 105–220, title IV, § 403,Aug. 7, 1998, 112 Stat. 1096.)
A prior section 702,Pub. L. 93–112, § 3,Sept. 26, 1973, 87 Stat. 357; Pub. L. 93–516, title I, § 101(a),Dec. 7, 1974, 88 Stat. 1617; Pub. L. 93–651, title I, § 101(a),Nov. 21, 1974, 89 Stat. 2–3; Pub. L. 95–602, title I, § 122(a)(2), (3),Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2984; Pub. L. 99–506, title I, § 102, title X, § 1001(a)(1),Oct. 21, 1986, 100 Stat. 1808, 1841; Pub. L. 100–630, title II, § 201(a),Nov. 7, 1988, 102 Stat. 3303, related to the Rehabilitation Services Administration, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 105–220, title IV, § 403,Aug. 7, 1998, 112 Stat. 1093.
Additional Personnel for Office for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
Pub. L. 93–516, title II, § 208(a),Dec. 7, 1974, 88 Stat. 1629, provided that: “The Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare [now Secretary of Education] is directed to assign to the Office for the Blind and Visually Handicapped of the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare [now Department of Education] ten additional full-time personnel (or their equivalent), five of whom shall be supportive personnel, to carry out duties related to the administration of the Randolph-Sheppard Act [section 107 et seq. of Title 20, Education].”
An identical provision is contained in Pub. L. 93–651, title II, § 208(a),Nov. 21, 1974, 89 Stat. 2–14.
Preference to Blind in Selecting Personnel
Pub. L. 93–516, title II, § 208(c),Dec. 7, 1974, 88 Stat. 1629, provided that: “In selecting personnel to fill any position under this section [authorizing assignment of 11 additional full-time personnel to the Office for the Blind and Visually Handicapped of the Rehabilitation Service Administration of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare under subsecs. (a) and (b) ofPub. L. 93–516], the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare [now Secretary of Education] shall give preference to blind individuals.”