The Department of Labor Workforce Investment Agency (DOL WIA) in collaboration with the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) invites the public to comment on the draft waiver request to the US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration to increase the statutory requirements for the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) On-the-Job (OJT) reimbursement rates:


Please view or download documents below for more information. 


pdfOJT Waiver - Call for Public Comments  pdfOJT Waiver Request Draft


"As per the CNMI State Workforce Development Board (SWDB), the intention of this proposed waiver request is to seek the public's comment on the increase of the reimbursement rates for On-the-Job (OJT) wages. The purpose of the waiver is to expand training opportunities for participants and businesses during these unprecedented times.  More importantly, it aligns with the intent of WIOA and the vision and mission of the board to develop a skilled workforce to meet the needs of employers and drive economic growth."





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  VR100th Commemorative Resolution Presentation at the CNMI Legislature on 6/3/2020.


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The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would like to inform the public that the program’s office hours have resumed back to Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Modified VR services during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be in effect. Individuals needing to apply for OVR services are still encouraged to reach out to OVR via phone at (670) 322-6537 / 6538. A staff member will provide further information on our modified processes.


If you have access to the internet and would like more information, please visit to view OVR requirements. If you do not have access to the internet, please inform our offices and an Information/ Referral/Orientation packet will be mailed to you.


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The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council, would like to extend our great appreciation to the CNMI Community and its partners for their valuable contributions towards the WIOA Unified State Plan.


The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion of the Unified State Plan is developed by OVR to describe the disability services and supports it provides and identify areas where service delivery can be improved, modified, or enhanced. The State Plan demonstrates OVR's commitment to empowering individuals to prepare to enter the workforce, maximize employability, and independence.


The VR Portion of the Unified State Plan focuses on increasing employment and promote independence among eligible individuals with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


In addition, this year, the CNMI OVR will be conducting its tri-annual Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) of the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities in the CNMI. The results of the CSNA will be used to shape the program's goals and objectives and its policies and planning efforts. If you have any questions regarding the State Plan or the triennial CSNA, please contact the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


pdfDownload/View 2020 CNMI VR Portion USP

The OVR would like to share a resource on COVID-19 developed by Green Mountain Self-advocates for individuals with ID/DD. This resource is an 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on “need to know” information. Here is the English version (please click to view or download). We ask that you share these resources with your friends and family.  Below are also links that may be useful for employers and businesses when questions arise in the workplace.


With the evolving nature of COVID-19, we will provide updates as they are available. We encourage you to use credible resources to regularly check for real-time updates. Thank you ALL for your understanding and support during our challenging times.  Together we will all get through this, we will continue to be Marianas Strong.




/s/  Maryann Borja-Arriola

Director, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation




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Dear Valued Vendors:

Please be advised that the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) requires all vendors to have an approved “Authorization for Services” (AS) form prior to providing goods and services to OVR clients/consumers.  Entering into contracts verbally or without an approved AS is prohibited.