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  • 01/15/2016: Schedule A: A Fast Track to Federal Disability Inclusion

     A new “rack card” released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) this week provides a high-level overview of Schedule A, an excepted service hiring authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote people with disabilities without competition, thus bypassing the often prolonged traditional hiring process. ODEP produced the rack card in cooperation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Office of Personnel Management as part of ongoing efforts to assist federal agencies in meeting their disability inclusion goals.

    Access the Schedule A rack card.

  • 01/11/2016: Five Shifts That Transformed Federal Service

    In this January 9 article by Carten Cordell, the Federal Times takes a look at five trends that have changed the make-up of the federal workforce over the past several decades. One of those developments has been efforts to affirmatively hire and retain people with disabilities. In 1973, the Rehabilitation Act prohibited discrimination on the basis of disability in programs run by federal agencies, programs that receive federal financial assistance, in federal employment, and in the employment practices of federal contractors.  Most recently, the seven percent hiring goal set by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) for federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act will work to help eliminate barriers experienced by individuals with disabilities in finding and keeping jobs in the federal-contracted employment sector.  

    For more information, read “5 shifts that transformed federal service.”  

  • 12/26/2015: Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015

    This law provides for a separate new leave category, “disabled veteran leave,” to any new federal employee who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at 30 percent or more. This will make it possible for eligible employees to go to medical appointments to have their service-connected disabilities treated. Disabled veteran leave is available during the first 12 months of employment and may not exceed 104 hours. Because the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has to develop regulations to implement the law, the new leave category will be available to new eligible federal civilian employees hired on or after November 5, 2016.

    For more information, read the OPM memo from Mark Reinhold, Associate Director of Employee Services.

  • 12/26/2015: How OPM will Build a Federal Workforce of the Future, a Federal Times interview with Acting Director Beth Cobert

    As increasing numbers of federal employees retire and take with them the institutional memories of their agencies. Acting Director Beth Cobert of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discusses the importance of building and sustaining a diverse workforce, particularly through hiring more minorities, people with disabilities and women. In growing a diverse federal workforce and tapping into the skills of a new generation, Cobert believes that processes will be modernized, dated ways of doing things changed and technology will play an even bigger role in making government more competitive with the private sector market.

    For more information, read the Federal Times article, “How OPM will build a federal workforce of the future.”

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