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  • 03/11/2015: DOJ Unveils New Online ADA Discrimination Complaint Form

     The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that individuals wishing to file American with Disabilities Act (ADA) discrimination complaints with the Department will be able to fill out the form and submit it completely electronically. Filers will also immediately receive a "reference number" that can be used whenever contacting the Department about that complaint. Click here for the new electronic form.

    Effective March 15, 2015 DOJ will no longer accept email complaints. However, complaints will still be accepted by U.S. mail.

    Contact the Department's ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 (V); 1-800-514-0383 (TTY) to receive a paper complaint form by mail. 

  • 03/10/2015: “The Interview that Changed My Life Forever,” a post by a former WRP inter and current DOL program specialist.
    Post: In this recent post on DOL’s “Work in Progress” blog, former Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) intern and current program specialist in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy Tiffany Jolliff describes her experiences joining the Federal workforce via the WRP.  According to Jolliff, the day of her WRP interview “changed my life forever.” Click here to read the full blog post. 
  • 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.  

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