Four years after a push from the President, the federal government is hiring employees with disabilities at a rate that's higher than it's been in decades, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management.
Jenny Yang has been the EEOC's new chairwoman only for two months, but she's already outlined her overarching goal: to make it easier for agencies to hire employees with disabilities, and increase their overall number. Yang also used National Disability Employment Awareness Month to start immediately improving the hiring process.
About 12 percent of federal employees say they have disabilities. The hiring of more has become a focal point of the Obama administration. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just wrapped up a month of focusing on this issue, during which it published guidance for agencies, hosted a Twitter town hall and launched a new data collection effort. New EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp the agency is trying to help the government be a model employer of people with disabilities, while it does a better job itself.
The Labor Department unveiled two final rules Tuesday requiring federal contractors to establish clear-cut annual benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities.
In a July 2010 executive order, President Barack Obama pushed agencies to hire more people with disabilities, aiming for 100,000 workers by 2015. Agencies have made steady progress toward that goal. However that progress could be in jeopardy: Complaints alleging disability discrimination in federal hiring and appointments have ticked upward over the past five years, according to an analysis by the law firm Tully Rinckey.
The federal government's hiring process has long been plagued with a poor reputation. However, since President Barack Obama issued an executive memo in 2010, the Office of Personnel Management has taken great strides to streamline the hiring process as well as to incorporate other reforms to make it easier to hire recent college graduates, people with disabilities and veterans. Federal News Radio spoke about this with Linda Bilmes, a senior lecturer at the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.
The federal government now employs more full-time workers with disabilities than it has at any time over the past 20 years, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. President Barack Obama pledged in 2010 to hire 100,00 additional people with disabilities over the next five years. While the Government Accountability Office reported in May the government was not on track to meet that goal, the director of OPM, John Berry, said the new report shows agencies are "moving smartly" toward fulfilling it.
This week is the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's executive order to hire 100,000 more people with disabilities into the federal government by 2015. But the government is not on track to meet that goal, only hiring 20,000 people with disabilities for fiscal 2010 and 2011 combined, according to the Office of Personnel Management. As of fiscal 2010, less than 1 percent of the federal workforce had a targeted disability.
OPM\'s list comes as the president has called for the hiring of 100,000 more people with disabilities by 2015.
The 2011 Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities database is intended to assist federal and private-sector employers in identifying workers with disabilities. Labor\'s John Beverly tells us about it.
The Defense Department employs about 45,000 workers with disabilities, but needs to boost awareness of a program to support, hire and retain them says Stephen M. King. The DOD\'s director of disability programs joins us to tell us how he plans to do that.