Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hill Report: President Obama Taps Lynnae Ruttledge to Rehabilitative Services Administration

'Voc-rehab' boss to lead fed program

Obama pick: She erased state waiting list for services
Here is the story from The Olympian.

BRAD SHANNON; The Olympian
Last updated: December 29th, 2009 06:19 AM (PST)

Lynnae Ruttledge, leader of Washington state's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, is headed to a new job running the $4 billion federal "voc-rehab" program for the Obama administration.
Ruttledge hopes to start Monday in Washington, D.C., and says she wants to improve the federal program like she is credited with doing for Washington’s after she arrived in Olympia four years ago.

“At the federal level I want to be a part of the economic recovery of the country. I want people with disabilities to be identified as part of the solution and not a part of the problem,’’ Ruttledge, 60, said from her Lacey office this week.

President Barack Obama’s staffers recruited her from Olympia, just as the state Social and Health Services secretary at the time, Robin Arnold-Williams, had recruited her from Oregon. Ruttledge is to serve as commissioner in the Rehabilitative Services Administration, inside the U.S. Department of Education.

Read more: The Olympian.

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