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Severe Weather and Flooding Expected Across the Southern Plains, Mid South, & Ohio Valley

Strong to severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, are expected late today and tonight and continuing through Friday from the southern Plains to the Mid South and Ohio Valley, where heavy rainfall and flooding are also likely. Elsewhere, chilly temperatures and heavy mountain snowfall will persist for parts of the West while very mild air prevails along the East Coast. Read More >

Fact Sheet for NWS Hiring Managers

Accommodating People with Disabilities


The NWS Equal Employment and Diversity Management Division have provided the following resources to assist you in your efforts to recruit and hire disabled veterans and people with disabilities. The links will lead you to Federal websites for laws, policies and guidance in hiring people with disabilities.

Executive Order 13548 -- Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

“On July 26, 2000, in the final year of his administration, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13163, calling for an additional 100,000 individuals with disabilities to be employed by the Federal Government over 5 years.”

The ABC’s of Schedule “A” Hiring for Managers


A position for which it is not practicable to apply the qualification standards and requirements used in the competitive civil service system and which are not of a confidential or policy determining nature.

Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC)

Selective Placement Coordinator - Most Federal agencies have a Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC) who helps management recruit, hire and accommodate people with disabilities.  NOAA’s Special Employment Program Manager, Theodoris Corbett, on (301) 713-6366.

To learn the many roles and responsibilities of the SPPC, click on the link below.

Hiring People with Disabilities: It Is the Law

Rehabilitation Act 1973 - 501 and 505

Americans with Disabilities Act

Department of Labor

Hiring Resources

Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities

Students and Recent Graduates

The Workforce Recruitment Program, co-sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Department of Defense, connects postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities to positions in the Federal government.

The Pathways Program provides paths for students and recent graduates, including those with disabilities, to internships and careers in the Federal Government.

Self-Identification of a Disability - Form 256

This form is used to capture Data from the SF-526 is used to compile the disability demographics of Federal agencies.

Reasonable Accommodations Requests

The Federal Government may provide reasonable accommodations in appropriate cases. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

OPM Disability Employment Reasonable Accommodations

NOAA's Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator (RAC) or call (816) 426-7822

Pre-employment Guideline

Under the law, an employer may not ask disability-related questions and may not conduct medical examinations until after it makes a conditional job offer to the applicant. To review the Policy, click on the link below.

EEOC Disability Discrimination - 10 

Resources for Hiring Veterans

Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

Targeted Disabilities

These are the most severe disabilities including blindness, deafness, partial and full paralysis, missing extremities, dwarfism, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. Individuals with these disabilities typically have the greatest difficulty finding employment. As a matter of policy, the federal government has a special emphasis on recruiting, hiring, and retaining people with targeted disabilities.

Disability Reference Materials

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Selective Placement Program Coordinator

Donna Walton, Ed. D.
Office of Human Resources
131 M Street, NE
Washington, DC 20705
Phone: 202-663-4339
Fax: 202-663-7139
TTY: Not provided

Computer Electronic Program

Job Accommodation Network

Requesting Interpreter Services