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ED/OSERS RIN: 1820-AB83 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: ●Randolph-Sheppard Act 

The Randolph-Sheppard Act is intended to provide blind persons with employment and economic opportunities through the operation of vending facilities on Federal and other property. The Department’s current regulations define various terms concerning the requirements of the Randolph-Sheppard Act and its Vending Facility Program. The Biden-Harris Administration believes that blind vendors supported by the Randolph-Sheppard Act should have the fullest opportunity to own and operate vending machines or facilities as contemplated by the statute. However, the Randolph-Sheppard regulatory definitions of "vending machine" and "vending facility" have not been updated since 1977 and do not clearly reflect modern economic and technological developments or the vending capabilities of blind vendors today. Therefore, the Department intends to regulate to revise these definitions in the Randolph-Sheppard implementing regulations to modernize the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program and to better ensure that blind vendors have access to the opportunities supported by the Randolph-Sheppard Act. 

Agency: Department of Education(ED)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 34 CFR 395.1(x) and (y)   
Legal Authority: 20 U.S.C. sec. 107 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rebecca Walawender
Department of Education
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
550 12th Street SW, Room 5103,
Washington, DC 20202
Phone:202 245-7399