Vendor agreements cancelled for extremely inappropriate behavior and pattern of non-compliance.

Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1511100 , Decision Date: 2015-01-14 
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Petitioner, a blind vendor, maintained food vendor operations in two federal buildings pursuant to agreements authorized under the Business Enterprise Program.  The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (“GVRA”) canceled Petitioner’s agreements after Petitioner proved incapable of complying with the program’s accounting rules, and following an incident [..] Read More..

Inclusion of Income of student’s parents resulted in reduction, not termination, of benefits.

Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1448717 , Decision Date: 2014-10-08 
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The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) sought to discontinue college tuition payments that Petitioner received through the Vocational Rehabilitation program after program requirements were changed to include the income of recipients’ parents in the calculation of benefit amounts.  While GVRA was entitled to reduce tuition [..] Read More..

Formal rulemaking unnecessary because new rule complied with federal law.

Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-01-15 
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The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) correctly determined that Petitioner, a student, no longer met the financial need criteria for GVRA financial assistance due to a change in policy.  The charge in policy complied with federal law and was not required to be promulgated through [..] Read More..

Relief operator is not a licensed blind vendor.

Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-03-20 
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A relief operator under the Rehabilitation Services Business Enterprise Program (BEP), which provides legally blind individuals with opportunities to operate vending facilities, is not considered a licensed blind vendor.  Pursuant to the terms of their Temporary Agreement of Operation, the Rehabilitation Services Agency was permitted [..] Read More..

Self-employment rehabilitation services unavailable for pre-existing businesses.

Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-06-28 
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Judge upheld the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency’s (“GVRA”) decision to deny Petitioner services to enable her to open a business and thereby become self-employed.  The decision was based on a finding that Petitioner had established the business approximately two years prior to the GVRA’s review [..] Read More..