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Federal hiring of employees with disabilities exceeds goals, says OPM

The federal workforce currently includes 264,844 employees with disabilities, a 35-year high and reflection of July 2010’s Executive Order 13548, "Increasing Federal Employment of individuals with Disabilities," according to a report from the Office of Personnel Management.

From fiscal 2011 to 2015, the federal government hired 109,575 part-time and full-time career employees with disabilities, exceeding the equal opportunity advancement goal of 100,000 set out in the executive order. Federal employees with disabilities represent 14.41 percent of the overall workforce, stated the "Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch."

"This administration has consistently demonstrated a commitment to providing equal employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities," OPM acting Director Beth Cobert said. "We remain committed to supporting the federal government's efforts to be a model employer for people with disabilities, and I look forward to continue building on our progress."

OPM's efforts to employ workers with disabilities include an online course — "A Roadmap to Success: Hiring, Retaining and Including People with Disabilities" — available to all federal agencies.

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