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Arbitration Panel Decision Under the Randolph-Sheppard Act

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AGENCY:

Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of arbitration panel decision under the Randolph-Sheppard Act.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Education (Department) gives notice that on July 18, 2007, an arbitration panel rendered a decision in the matter of Frank Malone Start Printed Page 67600v. Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Bureau of Services for the Blind (Case No. R-S/04-8). This panel was convened by the Department under 20 U.S.C. 107d-1(a), after the Department received a complaint filed by the petitioner, Frank Malone.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

You may obtain a copy of the full text of the arbitration panel decision from Suzette E. Haynes, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 5022, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-7374. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under section 6(c) of the Randolph-Sheppard Act (the Act), 20 U.S.C. 107d-2(c), the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register a synopsis of each arbitration panel decision affecting the administration of vending facilities on Federal and other property.

Background

Frank Malone (Complainant) alleged violations by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Services for the Blind, the State Licensing Agency (SLA), regarding the Act, the implementing regulations in 34 CFR part 395, and State rules and regulations. Specifically, Complainant alleged that these violations led to his resignation as manager of the cafeteria at the Verne Riffe Center for Government and the Arts (Riffe Center) in Columbus, Ohio.

Additionally, Complainant alleged that the SLA improperly administered the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Program with respect to the SLA's rules and regulations concerning rent payments owed by him to the Ohio Building Authority (OBA), and the SLA's alleged failure to maximize Complainant's cafeteria facility, thus limiting his vocational potential.

Summary

Complainant filed a grievance against the SLA on this matter. A hearing on the grievance was held on August 20, 21, 22, and 26, 2003. Complainant's grievance was denied. On October 14, 2003, the hearing officer sustained the SLA's decision concerning the revocation of Complainant's vending license and ordered that the SLA collect from Complainant all monies due regarding outstanding rent payments to OBA. On November 19, 2003, the SLA adopted the hearing officer's order as final agency action. Complainant sought review by a Federal arbitration panel of that decision.

Arbitration Panel Decision

After reviewing all of the records and hearing testimony of witnesses, the panel ruled that the SLA failed in its responsibilities toward Complainant in violation of the Act, implementing regulations, and State rules and regulations. Specifically, the panel directed the SLA to restore Complainant's vending operator's license and reinstate him in the Business Enterprise program with full seniority.

Further, the panel concluded that Complainant had been deprived of employment as a licensed vendor for four years, in part as a result of the SLA's omissions. Therefore, the panel also directed the SLA to offer Complainant the first available vending facility consistent with his ability and comparable in size, responsibility, and income potential as that of his previous assignment at the Riffe Center cafeteria facility.

Additionally, the panel awarded Complainant damages in the amount of $93,202.01 for lost profits that he would have earned at the Riffe Center cafeteria facility less the amount of rent payments owed by Complainant to the SLA in the amount of $19,254.30. The total amount of the damage award to be paid by the SLA to Complainant is $73,947.71. The panel also found insufficient evidence to award further damages based upon Complainant's claim that he was entitled to an ATM machine and to have a priority for catering.

The views and opinions expressed by the panel do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Department.

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Dated: November 26, 2007.

William W. Knudsen,

Deputy Assistant, Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

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[FR Doc. E7-23153 Filed 11-28-07; 8:45 am]

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