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  • 09/29/2016: New ‘Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest). This edition (Fiscal Year 2016, Volume 4) features a special article entitled “Discrimination on the Basis of Mental Health Conditions under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act.”

    "Unlike physical disabilities, which are often recognizable, mental health impairments are often hidden," said Carlton M. Hadden, director of EEOC's Office of Federal Operations (OFO). "Federal agencies should be mindful of the unique needs and obstacles that employees with mental health conditions face in the workplace."

    For more information and to download the digest, read EEOC’s press release: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-28-16a.cfm

  • 09/14/2016: OPM Announces USAJOBS Updates

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) USAJOBS website, OPM announced recent updates that will improve the user experience for federal job applicants. The completion of the yearlong update process will make the website and application process easier to navigate. Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert noted that following these updates, OPM will continue gathering feedback to enhance the website. 

    In addition to job postings, USAJobs.gov offers details about special hiring authorities, contact information for Selective Placement Program Coordinators, and links to information about reasonable accommodations and other resources that support federal employment for individuals with disabilities. 

    For more information, visit USAJobs.gov at https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities/.     

  • 09/02/2016: GAO Report to Congressional Committees, “OPM Needs to Improve Management and Oversight of Hiring Authorities”

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review the extent to which federal hiring authorities were meeting agency needs and produced its findings in a recently released report, “OPM Needs to Improve Management and Oversight of Hiring Authorities.”  This report examines (1) the hiring authorities agencies used in fiscal year 2014 (the most recent data at the time of the review), (2) the extent to which case study agencies and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) assessed the effectiveness of hiring authorities and (3) how OPM ensured that agencies understood how to use hiring authorities effectively. By analyzing hiring authorities, OPM and agencies can identify improvements that could be used to refine authorities, expand access to specific authorities found to be highly efficient and effective and eliminate those found to be less effective. 

    For more information and to view the report, visit http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-521.  

  • 08/17/2016: CAPTEC is Celebrating its 21st Anniversary

    The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is celebrating the 21st anniversary of its Technology & Evaluation Center, commonly referred to as CAPTEC!

    Located in the Pentagon, CAPTEC allows individuals seeking solutions to accessibility challenges to view CAP’s available assistive technologies and compare different solutions.  Stephen M. King, the director of CAP, described CAPTEC’s importance as part of CAP’s mission: “The accommodation solutions provided by the Department of Defense through CAP removes barriers for employees with disabilities and Service members, promotes inclusion, and increases productivity.  Through CAP and our Technology & Evaluation center, the Department of Defense demonstrates its unwavering commitment to and investment in its people and to individuals with disabilities across the government.” 

    CAP, the largest centrally funded reasonable accommodation program in the Federal Government and the largest assistive technology program in the world, continues to have a unique impact on the inclusivity of the Federal Government, and CAPTEC plays an essential role in that impact. Mike Young, manager of CAPTEC, describes the center as a “place where our customers realize possibilities.  Matching tools to an individual's job requirements and limitations, and giving that individual the opportunity to try the tools on the spot, allows them to maximize their capabilities.”  Since non-DoD agencies began using CAP services in 2000, the Department of Defense has provided over $21M in assistive technologies to support, equip, and empower federal employees at 69 partner agencies. 

    To learn more about CAP, visit www.cap.mil.

  • 08/05/2016: Partnership for Public Service’s Tim McManus Discusses Use of Data to Ensure Inclusive Recruitment and Retention

    When trying to find and recruit new talent, federal agencies can have too much of a good thing, namely data. But if you know how to use data, you can quickly zero in on the people with real potential. The Partnership for Public Service teamed up with LinkedIn to explore how this works. Strategies may include actually inviting people to apply for a particular position. Finding qualified job candidates requires casting a wide, yet focused net, and one that makes use of special hiring authorities. 

    For more information listen to this Federal News Radio interview: http://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2016/08/tim-mcmanus-mastering-the-data-will-help-hiring-process/

  • 08/02/2016: U.S. Department of Labor Highlights Workforce Recruitment Program

    A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) blog post by Deputy Secretary Chris Lu highlights the success of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) in bringing together talented people with disabilities and employers who are dedicated to building a diverse workforce. The WRP, which was created in 1995, has played a key role in helping the Federal Government reach its goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities under President Obama’s Executive Order 13548, “Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities.” 

    Read the blog post: https://blog.dol.gov/2016/07/29/the-workforce-recruitment-program-a-future-so-bright/

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