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Welcome: Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009)

In Memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Public Policy Fellows Tribute

Making Federal Policy: Overview


Role of Congress

  • The Congressional Appropriations Process: An Introduction, CRS Report-February 2007

  • Overview of the Authorization-Appropriations Process, CRS Report-December 2006

  • Bills and Resolutions: Examples of How Each Kind Is Used, CRS Report-December 2006

  • Tying it All Together, U.S. House of Representatives

Federal Budget Process

  • Basic Federal Budgeting Terminology, CRS Report-November 2004

  • Overview of the Congressional Budget Process, CRS Report- July 2003

  • Congressional Budget Process Timetable, CRS Report- July 2003

  • Role of the President in Budget Development, CRS Report- August 2003


Key Congressional Committees, Subcommittees & Resources


  • Appropriations
       Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
       Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies

  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
       Housing, Transportation and Community Development Budget

  • Budget

  • Finance
       Health Care
       Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy

  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
       Children and Families
       Employment and Workplace Safety
       Retirement and Aging

  • Veterans’ Affairs

House of Representatives

  • Appropriations
       Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

  • Budget

  • Judiciary

  • Education and Labor
       Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
       Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness
       Healthy Families and Communities
       Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
       Workforce Protections

  • Energy and Commerce

  • Financial Services

  • Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Veterans’ Affairs

  • Ways and Means
       Income Security and Family Support
       Social Security

Legislative Resources

  • Congressional Budget Office

  • Government Printing Office
       Congressional Record

  • Library of Congress
       Congressional Research Service (CRS)

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Key Executive Branch Agencies

Department of Education

  • Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services(OSERS)
       National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
       Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
       Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA)

Department of Health and Human Services

  • Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
       Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
       President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)

  • Administration on Aging (AoA)

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
       National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
       Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
       Home and Community Based Services
       New Freedom Initiative
       Medicaid State Waiver Program Demonstration Projects

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
       Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
       National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
       Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
       National Institute of Mental Health

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Office of the Secretary, Office on Disability (OD)

Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

  • Office of Public and Indian Housing

  • Office of Assisted Housing

Department of Justice

  • Civil Rights Division
       Disability Rights Section
       Educational Opportunities Section Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
       Special Litigation Section
       Voting Section

Department of Labor

  • Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
       Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)


Department of Transportation

  • Federal Aviation Administration-Office of Civil Rights

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

  • Federal Railroad Administration

  • Federal Transit Administration
       Office of Civil Rights
       Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility

  • Office of the Secretary - Regulation and Enforcement


Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans Benefits Administration

  • Veterans Health Administration


Related Resources

  • Federal Register

  • Interagency Committee on Disability Research

  • Clearinghouse


Key Independent Executive Branch Agencies
  • Access Board

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

  • National Council on Disability (NCD)

  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
       Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)
       Office of Retirement and Disability Policy (ORDP)

Key Federal Legislation for People with Disabilities and their Families


Disability Policy Framework

  • Part I
       Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
       Developmental Disabilities Assistance & Bill of Rights Act (DD Act)
       Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
       Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act)
       Social Security Act
       Ticket to Work & Work Incentives Improvement Act (TWIIA)
       Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

  • Part II
       Civil Rights
       Economic Security
       Emergency Preparedness
       Employment & Training
       Family Support
       Long Term Services & Supports
       Technology & Telecommunications

Judicial Decisions & Related Resources

  • Olmstead U.S. Supreme Court Case

  • Response to ADA Interpretations: ADA Amendments of 2008

  • Legal Resources


Stakeholder and Constituent Organizations

  • Elected Officials
       National Governors Association (NGA)
       National Conference State Legislatures (NCSL)
       National Association of Counties (NACo)
       National League of Cities
       U.S. Conference of Mayors

  • Professional Associations  
       American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)– formerly AAMR
       American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
       The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
       American Psychological Association (APA)
       American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

  • Trade Associations
       American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
       Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
       Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
       Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
       Council of State Administrators (CSVAR)
       National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NASDSP)
       National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)
       National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)
       National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
       National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

  • Advocacy Organizations for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
       Alliance for Full Participation
       The Arc of the United States
       Autism Society of America
       Autism Speaks
       Coleman Institute: State of the States in Developmental Disabilities
       Council on Quality and Leadership
       Epilepsy Foundation
       National Down Syndrome Congress
       National Down Syndrome Society
       The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
       Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
       United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)

  • Other Disability Advocacy Organizations
       American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
       Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
       The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
       Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
       National Organization on Disability

  • Service Organizations for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
       Best Buddies
       Special Olympics