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New report shows federal government’s number of new hires of persons with disabilities is highest in 32 years

December 20th, 2013  |  Deborah Hammonds

A significant increase in the number of individuals with disabilities that were hired by the federal government is being touted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in a new report released yesterday.  According to OPM’s report, the federal government hired more individuals with disabilities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 than at any point in the past 32 years. In addition, people with targeted disabilities were hired at a higher percentage than at any time in the past 17 years.

“People with disabilities are a vital part of the federal workforce, as we are better able to serve the American people because of the talents and experience they bring to the table.” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. “Since President Obama issued his Executive Order in 2010, we’ve made substantial progress in hiring and retaining people with disabilities over the past three years. This work is enabling the federal government to continue to develop as a model employer for people with disabilities.”

OPM’s report, “Employing People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch,” states that in FY 2012, federal employees with disabilities represented 11.89 percent of the overall workforce, including veterans who are 30 percent or more disabled. 16.31% of new hires in FY 2012 were people with disabilities (up from 14.65% in FY 2011). Additionally, 14.65% of General Schedule grade 14 and 15 new hires in FY 2012 were people with disabilities (up from 12.24% in FY 2011). On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13548 – Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, in which he stated that the federal government must become a model for the employment of individuals with disabilities.