Federal Initiatives

This section provides basic information regarding key Federal resources that will assist with the employment of people with disabilities in the Federal government.

Workforce Recruitment Program

Do you need highly qualified candidates for jobs at your office? The Workforce Recruitment Program can help! The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) manage the program, which continues to be successful with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies. Since the program's expansion in 1995, over 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.

In 2011, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) highlighted the WRP as a model strategy in its guidance to federal agencies regarding the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities in response to Executive Order 13548, Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities.

Annually, trained WRP recruiters from federal agencies conduct personal interviews with interested candidates on college and university campuses across the country. Candidates represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate students and law students. Information from these candidate interviews is compiled in a searchable database that is available through this website to federal Human Resources Specialists, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialists, and other hiring officials in federal agencies.

To learn more, including how to register for access, visit: http://www.wrp.gov. Non-DoD agencies should direct question to Ms. Sara Mahoney, Business Development Specialist, ODEP, at wrp@dol.gov. DoD agencies should contact Mr. Stephen King, Director of Disability Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, at ability@osd.mil.

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Upcoming Events

04/22/2014    Opening the Doors of Small Business to People with Disabilities: Keeping the Doors Wide Open
04/23/2014    Section 503: Connecting Job seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System
04/23/2014    Federal Workplace Training & Expo
04/24/2014    Marching Beyond Compliance
05/12/2014    Creating Disability Inclusive Workplaces
05/13/2014    Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Career Fair
05/13/2014    Personal Assistants as Workplace Accommodations
05/14/2014    Scenario Clinic: Finding Qualified Candidates with Disabilities
05/14/2014    Assistive Technology to Support the Independence of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism in Employment Settings
05/19/2014    30th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
05/22/2014    Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Auditing Web Resources for Accessibility
06/09/2014    M-Enabling Summit: Conference and Showcase 2014
06/10/2014    Best Practices
06/11/2014    2014 Annual RESNA Conference - Racing Towards Excellence in AT
06/15/2014    National ADA Symposium 2014
06/17/2014    Managing the Flexible Workplace: Getting Results in the Nontraditional Workplace
07/01/2014    25th Annual APSE National Conference
07/01/2014    52nd Biennial National Association of the Deaf Conference
07/08/2014    ADA Update
07/09/2014    Twenty-four years of the ADA: Progress, Pitfalls and Possibilities
07/14/2014    FDR Training & Expo
07/18/2014    Accessible Event Planning: Legal, Human and Practical Issues
07/21/2014    Project SEARCH 8th Annual Conference
07/29/2014    Managing the Flexible Workplace: Getting Results in the Nontraditional Workplace
08/11/2014    2014 DMEC Annual Conference
08/12/2014    Best Practices
08/12/2014    EEOC 2014 EXCEL Training Conference
08/13/2014    The State of Disability Law, Policy and Practice in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
08/26/2014    Managing the Flexible Workplace: Getting Results in the Nontraditional Workplace
09/03/2014    Web Accessibility
09/17/2014    21st Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference
09/29/2014    2014 USBLN 17th Annual Conference & Expo
10/15/2014    AAPD 2014 Disability Mentoring Day in Pittsburgh
11/20/2014    Accessibility Anywhere Almost, CART and Captioning for Web Based Applications