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Arbitration Panel Decisions Under the Randolph-Sheppard Act

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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.




This notice lists arbitration panel decisions under the Randolph-Sheppard Act issued in July, August, and September 2017. The full text of all decisions is available on the Department's website and by request.

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Donald Brinson, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5045, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-7310.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service, toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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For the purpose of providing individuals who are blind with remunerative employment, enlarging their economic opportunities, and stimulating greater efforts to make themselves self-supporting, the Randolph-Sheppard Act, 20 U.S.C. 107 et seq. (Act), authorizes individuals who are blind to operate vending facilities on Federal property and provides them with a priority for doing so. The vending facilities include, among other things, cafeterias, snack bars, and automatic vending machines. The Department administers the Act and designates an agency in each State—the State Licensing Agency (SLA)—to license individuals who are blind to operate vending facilities on Federal and other property in the State.

The Act requires arbitration of disputes between SLAs and vendors who are blind and between SLAs and Federal agencies before three-person panels convened by the Department whose decisions constitute final agency action. 20 U.S.C. 107d-1. The Act also makes these decisions matters of public record and requires their publication in the Federal Register. 20 U.S.C. 107d-2(c).

On September 5, 2017, the Department announced that it would publish quarterly lists of Randolph-Sheppard arbitration panel decisions in the Federal Register and that the full text of the decisions listed would be available on the Department's website or by request (see 82 FR 41941).

In the third quarter of 2017, Randolph-Sheppard arbitration panels issued the following decisions.

Case nameDocket No.DateState
Hooks v North CarolinaR-S/15-169/26/2017North Carolina.
Burt, Carmadelle, et al v LouisianaR-S/11-07, R-S/11-08 consolidated8/18/2017Louisiana.
Cyrus v OhioR-S/15-128/8/2017Ohio.
Hawaii v Schofield BarracksR-S/16-077/31/2017Hawaii.

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Dated: March 1, 2018.

Johnny W. Collett,

Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

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[FR Doc. 2018-04692 Filed 3-7-18; 8:45 am]