OPM Touts Progress on Disability Hiring
July 27, 2012
The federal government now boasts more workers with disabilities than at any time in the past two decades, the Office of Personnel Management announced Wednesday.
Executive branch agencies employed 204,189 people with disabilities in fiscal 2011, representing 11 percent of the total federal workforce, OPM said in a report on its progress in meeting goals set out in a July 2010 executive order. That figure, which includes veterans who are more than 30 percent disabled, is up slightly from 10.7 percent in fiscal 2010.
People with disabilities were also better represented among new hires. They accounted for 14.7 percent of new hires in fiscal 2011, up from 10.3 percent in fiscal 2010. Those figures also include 30 percent disabled veterans.
“We need the talents and creativity of all people -- including people with disabilities -- to help do the work of the American people,” OPM Director John Berry said in a statement accompanying the report. “We are doing anything possible to remove barriers to their employment, and the good news is that we’re moving in the right direction, and you can see it in the numbers.”
The 18,738 new hires with disabilities in fiscal 2011 put the government on its way to meeting Executive Order 13548’s goal of bringing on 100,000 disabled workers by 2015, Berry said. He added there is still a long way to go.