U.S. Government Makes Progress In Hiring The Disabled

Published on 28 December 2013

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

U.S. Government Makes Progress In Hiring The Disabled
U.S. Government Makes Progress In Hiring The Disabled

The U.S. government is making great advances in hiring Americans with disabilities, according to a new report by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an independent agency of the U.S. government that manages hiring practices for the federal workforce.

“At no point in the past 32 years have people with disabilities been hired at a higher percentage than in FY [fiscal year] 2012,” OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a December 19 blog post. President Obama has set a goal of hiring in the next five years some 100,000 people with disabilities into the federal workforce. According to the OPM report, nearly 220,000 disabled persons now hold federal government jobs.

Putting more disabled people into jobs is a goal that should be shared by governments and employers around the world, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

“At least 80 percent of the world’s persons with disabilities live in the developing world, too often in deplorable conditions of neglect and second-class citizenship,” Kerry said in December 3 remarks for the 2013 International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Kerry also noted that more than 50 million Americans with disabilities want to travel, study, work and serve abroad. By expanding opportunities for disabled Americans as well as disabled people the world over, everyone benefits, the secretary said.



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Posted 2013-12-28 12:07:00