Notice of Contract Award: National Disability Rights Network

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Notice of Single Source Cooperative Agreement Award

This announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Council on Disability’s award of financial assistance for the following project without competition.

Project Title: Subminimum Wage and Supported Employment

Anticipated Federal Funding: $150,000

Anticipated Period of Performance: 11 months

Statutory Authority: 29 U.S.C 783(b)(2)(C)

CFDA #: 92.002

Basis for Single Source Justification: Unique Qualifications

Project Overview:

This project’s primary objective is to 1) identify and critically examine the civil rights enforcement activities of three federal agencies (Department of Justice (DOJ), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) charged to ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities, and 2) undertake an initial review of the AbilityOne Commission, and 3) offer findings and recommendations to advance the vigorous enforcement of laws protecting and expanding the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. The 2019 Progress Report will further evaluate the progress made by the Federal Government in the enforcement and implementation of federal disability rights laws since NCD issued the 2000 report Promises to Keep: A Decade of Federal Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. NDRN and NCD will assemble experts to write and produce a 100-page report that will include findings and recommendations for the President, Congress and other federal agencies pertaining to the efficacy of the above agencies enforcement functions. NCD will have substantial involvement in the study and drafting of the report, including providing guidance on subject matter and structure.

Justification

The recipient, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), is uniquely qualified to conduct the tasks required by NCD. NDRN is the federally mandated network of Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Program (CAP) agencies for people with disabilities. NDRN’s mission is to promote the integrity and capacity of the P&A and CAP agencies and advocate for the enactment and vigorous enforcement of laws protecting the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. NDRN’s member agencies operate in every state and US territory to pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to protect the rights of people with disabilities and their families.

This project’s primary objective is to identify and critically examine the civil rights enforcement activities of federal agencies and NDRN’s mission is to advocate for the enactment and vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws. NDRN’s deep knowledge of federal civil rights laws, expertise in protection and advocacy for people with disabilities, and their research and development of the 2018 Progress Report, the first report in this two-report series examining federal agencies’ civil rights enforcement activities of federal agencies, specifically in regard to people with disabilities, makes them uniquely qualified to conduct the tasks required for this agreement.

For further information contact:

Amy Nicholas
Attorney Advisor
National Council on Disability
1331 F St. NW., Suite 850
Washington DC 20004
202-272-2008