Hiring Strides

Reprinted from PN October 2012

A federal report shows increases in new hires of people with disabilities.

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A federal report shows people with disabilities have made some good strides in the workplace.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) says in fiscal year 2011, federal employees with disabilities represented 7.41% of the overall work force and 11% when the figures include veterans who are 30% or more disabled.

The report also shows significant increases in new hires of individuals with disabilities over that same time frame. People with disabilities represent 7.96% of all new hires and 14.7% of all new hires when veterans who are 30% or more disabled are included.

That is the highest percentage in 20 years. In total, more than 200,000 people with disabilities now work for the federal government, also the most in 20 years.

More than 3,000 federal employees from more than 56 agencies have been trained on recruitment techniques, and all cabinet-level agencies have attended trainings hosted by OPM.

The federal hiring community is better prepared to hire the talented members of the disability community by using the Schedule A excepted appointing authority to hire people with disabilities, providing reasonable accommodation, the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), and getting employees who become ill or injured on the job back to work.

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