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  • 02/27/2015: Call for Applicants: EEOC GS-2343-11 Program Analyst Position Available

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer  has a vacancy for a GS-2343-11, Program Analyst.  We are looking for a current, federal status employee with experience at the GS-11 level. 

     As a Program Analyst, you will perform duties that support: 1) the Disability Program Manager who is responsible for the development, implementation and operation of the Disability Program; and 2) the Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager who is responsible for providing technical expertise and project management leadership for the Diversity and Inclusion, Harassment and Mentoring Programs.  

    If you have an interest in this position, please re view the vacancy announcement https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/395203100. If you know of individuals who might be interested or qualified, please disseminate widely.

  • 02/24/2015: “Building a Workforce That Reflects the People We Serve,” a Guest Post by the OPM’s Director

     The following guest post is authored by Katherine Archuleta, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was originally featured on the disability.gov blog. 

    Four years ago, President Barack Obama signed an executive order stressing the importance of hiring people with disabilities in the federal government. He set a goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities. I am proud to say that we are more than halfway toward reaching that milestone.

    The Office of Personnel Management’s latest report on the employment of people with disabilities shows that the federal government has hired people with disabilities at a higher rate than at any time in the past 33 years. In fiscal year 2013, 18 percent of new federal hires were people with disabilities, a 1.9 percent increase over fiscal year 2012. In the first three years of enacting the E.O., we have hired a total of 57,491 permanent employees with disabilities. Because of the hard work and dedication of federal employees and the disability community, we have made outstanding progress toward meeting the president’s goal.

    Click here to read the full article.

  • 02/20/2015: “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” A Farwell Post from Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy

    Today, Kathy Martinez, who for the past five and a half years has served as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), steps down. In a final post on DOL’s “Work in Progress” blog, she shared her thoughts upon departure and plans for taking the lessons learned during her time in federal service to the private sector, where she will continue to focus on disability inclusion, but from a marketplace perspective. Among ODEP’s many accomplishments during Martinez’s tenure is assisting in implementation of Executive Order 13548 and the 2014 updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.    

  • 02/19/2015: U.S. Access Board Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Updates to ICT Accessibility Requirements

    The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. Among the proposed changes are requirements to address fundamental shifts and trends in the market, such as the convergence of technologies and the increasingly multi-functional capabilities of products like smart phones. Public comments on the rule are due by May 19, 2015. The Board will also hold public hearings on the rule in San Diego on March 5 and in Washington, D.C. on March 11. Learn more by visiting the Access Board website.  

  • 01/27/2015: JAN’s Monthly Enews Now Available

    This month’s issue of the Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) newsletter is now available and includes several articles on topics of interest to federal agencies, including best practices for establishing a centralized accommodation fund, leave under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Campaign for Disability Employment’s new “Who I Am” public service announcement, which features two federal employees.  Read the newsletter.

  • 01/16/2015: New Videos Highlight Federal Employers’ Experiences with the WRP

    Two new videos highlight the benefits of sourcing interns through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)—to intern and Federal agency alike.  Run jointly by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, the WRP connects Federal employers with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.  The videos showcase the WRP in action at the Pentagon and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Many participants in the WRP go on to become full-time Federal employees, making the program a key tool agencies can use to achieve their goals under Executive Order 13548.  The program’s 2015 database—released just last month—includes more than 1,800 students and represents some of the best and brightest on campuses across the country.  Learn more about the program at WRP.gov.  

  • 01/09/2015: Latest Earn Newsletter Available

    The first EARN Newsletter of 2015 is now available!  EARN, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network, is a free resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities.  It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center.

    Be sure to check out the EARN Newsletter, this week and every two weeks, for timely topics and trends related to disability inclusion.  

    Subscribe to future issues of the EARN Newsletter here.  

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