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  • 06/03/2016: Let Your Voice Be Heard — Take the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) by Beth Cobert on Director’s Blog

    Each year, OPM’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) gives federal employees across government the opportunity to confidentially tell their supervisors and managers what works well and what needs improvement when it comes to their agency, their specific job and their work environment. Many federal employees have received an email at their agency email address inviting them to participate in this voluntary, confidential survey. Feedback from last year’s survey resulted in enhanced employee resource groups, re-launch of the OPM Mentoring Program and expanded diversity and inclusion dialogues.

    The deadline for completing the FEVS is fast approaching. Different agencies have different closing dates, but the deadline for the first wave of surveys is the week of June 6; the second and final wave closes the week of June 14. If you have questions about your FEVS survey, send an email to the address included in the email message you received inviting you to participate. The FEVS takes about 25 minutes to complete and can generally be filled out during work hours.

    Read more about the FEVS:

  • 06/03/2016:’s May 2016 Disability Connection Newsletter — 10 Things Employers Need to Know

    Check out Disability Connection’s 10 Things Employers Need to Know for some great information for both public and private sector employers interested in recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities as part of a diverse and inclusive workforce. You’ll find important information about October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, tips and tools for building an inclusive workplace, encouraging employees with disabilities to self-identify and the many benefits of creating and expanding disability resource groups in your organization.

    Read the newsletter:  

  • 05/29/2016: Workforce Recruitment Program Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities

    The Workforce Recruitment Program (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 WRP is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment. Volunteers are needed to act as WRP recruiters for the upcoming recruitment season, which runs from October 27 through November 18, 2016. Recruiters must be federal employees who can commit to conducting at least 10 30-minute phone interviews with students from across the country, and to evaluate each student candidate in writing. The required recruiter training is conducted online and can be completed in about 90 minutes.

    Register to be a recruiter at and click on the recruiter registration button. Registration is open until August 15, 2016.

  • 05/19/2016: ODEP Announces 2016 Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced that the theme for this October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) will be "#InclusionWorks." This theme reflects the key role that disability plays in workforce diversity, and the use of the hashtag is intended to encourage sharing of stories about disability inclusion in the workplace on social media. 

    Read the ODEP press release: 

  • 05/10/2016: EEOC Issues Guidance on Employee Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The document, Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act, provides examples of leave scenarios as well as return to work scenarios that employers can reference for guidance in granting leave requests related to an employee's disability.

    Read the Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • 05/03/2016: Do Ask, Do Tell: Tapping the Power of Disability Diversity & Encouraging Self-Identification

    Archived Webinar on Disclosure Now Available!


    Original Air Date:

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


    Brett Sheats (Session Chair), National Project Director, National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center)
    Shaun McGill (Moderator), Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, (ODEP)
    Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Consultant, Cornell University's Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR) School & EDI
    Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas People Team, Ernst & Young, LLP

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