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Increasing Participation of Wounded Warriors and Individuals with Disabilities: Finding and Recruiting Schedule A Candidates

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington Navy Yard United States

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In fiscal year 2009, employees with disabilities were less than 1 percent of the federal government workforcea decline since FY 2000 and short of the 2 percent goal set by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOCa goal that only 11 federal agencies have reached.To remedy this, President Obama issued Executive Order 13163 on July 26, 2010. It directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management OPM, in consultation with the secretary of Labor, the chair of the EEOC, and the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to develop mandatory training programs. It also commits the government to hiring 100,000 individuals with disabilities in the next 5 years. Enabling the success of Executive Order 13163 is the Schedule A hiring authority, which allows agencies to hire or appoint persons with disabilities using a much shorter process than the usual 6-9 months. Depending on security and other pre-employment requirements, using Schedule A authority can shorten the hiring time to anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months. The regulations guiding this instruction can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations CFR. The citation is 5 CFR 213.3102u. Why Use Schedule A Because of the low percentages of individuals with disabilities in the federal government compared with the civilian labor force, individuals with disabilities are an untapped source of excellent applicants. Schedule A has greatly facilitated the process of hiring an individual with a disability no public notice is required, and the amount of time to perform the usual human resource related procedural steps is greatly reduced or avoided. Consequently, Schedule A can greatly reduce the time necessary to hire a well-qualified candidate.

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