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Performance Audit of the Division of Blind Services Administered by the Department of Education , Report No. 94-23, December 1994
 


  • We evaluated four placements for DBS' Bureau of Clients Services and found that assignment to the Department of Labor and Employment Security (DLES) as a separate division and to the Department of Education (DOE) were both viable placements. As a separate division in DLES, Blind Services would maintain a separate state plan for vicatimal rehabilitation (VR) services for the blind and therefore receive separate federal VR funding. This better ensures that the program has sufficient resources to serve blind individuals. In addition, DLES uses a lower indirect cost rate to pay for administrative overhead than DOE. A lower indirect cost rate would allow a greater share of the federal VR funds to be used to serve clients. However, the current placement in DOE also allows for a separate VR plan for the blind. Remaining in DOE would prevent any disruption caused by reorganization and is the preference of the blind consumer groups.
  • We found that placement within the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in DLES and placement in Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services were not viable alternatives.
  • We evaluated placement of the Library for the Blind and found two viable placements, in the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services and in DOE with other blind services.
  • As a condition for receiving federal funds, the state's VR program for the blind must license the blind vendors and must also ensure that vendors receive training and management services. These services can be provided directly by agency staff or through a contract with a public or private non-profit agency. We evaluated whether support services for the vendors would be best provided by the Department of Management Services, a private non-profit organization, or by the VR program for the blind.


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