Report Released on FY 2013 Employment of People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch

The Office of Personnel Management has released its Fiscal Year 2013 report on “Employment of People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch.” In Fiscal Year 2013, the federal government hired 1,389 people with targeted disabilities – a category that includes many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) – representing 1.32 percent of new hires overall. Report statistics on targeted disabilities, however, are presented in the aggregate and do not specify numbers related to the hiring of people with I/DD. In a recent press release, Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc, stated, “While the last few years have seen some modest increases in the numbers of people with disabilities employed by the federal government, The Arc remains deeply concerned that many people with the most significant disabilities, including jobseekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are being left behind.”

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