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Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

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Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

April 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Eastern Daylight Time


On January 30, 2019, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act (HR 873/S 260) in both the U.S. House and Senate. This landmark legislation aims to dramatically increase competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities by providing large grants and extensive technical assistance to both states and individual providers. Additionally, the bill ensures that workers with disabilities, in integrated and non-integrated settings, are paid at least minimum wage by gradually phasing out the 14c subminimum wage program over six years.

Join key Hill staffers Kim Knackstedt, Disability & Education Policy Director for the U.S. House Education & Labor Committee with Chair Bobby Scott, and Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging with Ranking Member Bob Casey, to learn more about the legislation and get all your questions answered.

A recording will be made available for registrants.


  • Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Sen. Bob Casey, Ranking Member (D-PA)
  • Kimberly Knackstedt, Disability Policy Advisor, U.S. House Education & Labor Committee majority staff, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03)

About the Presenters

Michael Gamel-McCormick is the Disability Policy Director for Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. He held a similar position in the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, as well as being Sen. Harkin’s senior education staffer. He began his career as an early childhood education teacher, teaching in inclusive settings. He was a special education technical assistance provider for over 40 counties and cities in Virginia. For 15 years, he was a professor and dean at the University of Delaware as well as the director of the university’s Center for Disability Studies. Just prior to joining Sen. Casey’s staff, he was Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

Kimberly Knackstedt is the Disability Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor majority staff under Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03).  Her portfolio consists of all disability policy across the Committee in education, labor, and health.  She received her Bachelor of Education in Special Education and Elementary Education from Gonzaga University, Master of Education in Special Education with a focus on low-incidence disabilities from the University of Kansas, and Ph.D. in special education policy from the University of Kansas.  She taught special education for four years in Kansas City.  Prior to working for the Committee on Education and Labor, Kimberly served on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Public Policy Fellow in 2016 under Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray.

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