The Office of Personnel Management wants agencies to look more closely at Hispanic representation within the workforce and identify barriers and challenges that prevent them from recruiting and retaining a more diverse government.
The White House hosts agency leaders to develop concrete, actionable ideas on developing a more diverse, inclusive federal workforce.
Federal employees with disabilities made up 14.4 percent of the workforce in fiscal 2015, an improvement over 2014’s 13.6 percent. Agencies also hired more employees with disabilities, 26,466 new hires compared with 20,618 new hires in 2014. The latest report from the Office of Personnel Management on the topic shows record disability hiring among agencies over the past 35 years.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission celebrates its 50th anniversary today. And while it’s made a lot of progress since 1965, there’s still a lot of work to do to achieve across-the-board equality of opportunity in today’s workplace. Jenny Yang is the chairwoman of the EEOC. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the celebration and the work the agency still has to accomplish.
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.
President Barack Obama named Jenny R. Yang as the new EEOC chair Tuesday, but one employee union has already given her a list of issues they’d like to see her tackle.