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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.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-increasing-federal-employment-individuals-with-disabilities

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

https://www.treasury.gov/about/organizational-structure/offices/Mgt/Documents/Schedule_A_for_Hiring_Manager.pdf

Hiring-Authorities

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.
https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/abc_hiring_manager.cfm
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

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.
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/selective-placement-program-coordinator/

Hiring People with Disabilities: It Is the Law

https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/ada25th/thelaw.cfm

Rehabilitation Act 1973 - 501 and 505

https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/rehab.cfm

Americans with Disabilities Act

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada

Department of Labor

https://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/rarc.htm

Hiring Resources

Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities
https://www.wfm.noaa.gov/howto_guide/howto_wf_recruit.html

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.
https://www.dol.gov/odep/wrp/

The Pathways Program provides paths for students and recent graduates, including those with disabilities, to internships and careers in the Federal Government.
https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

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.
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reference-materials/sf256.pdf

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

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reasonable-accommodations/

NOAA's Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator (RAC)

Debbie.A.Ferrara@noaa.gov or call (816) 426-7822
https://www.wfm.noaa.gov/workplace/RAC.html

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.
https://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/preemp.html

EEOC Disability Discrimination - 10

https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/disability.cfm 

Resources for Hiring Veterans

DisabilityEmployment@opm.gov

Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

https://thevalueofaveteran.wordpress.com/
https://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/dvaap/index.aspx

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

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reference-materials/#url=Glossary

Resources
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Selective Placement Program Coordinator

Headquarters
Donna Walton, Ed. D.
Office of Human Resources
DPM & SPPC
131 M Street, NE
Washington, DC 20705
Phone: 202-663-4339
Fax: 202-663-7139
TTY: Not provided
Email: Donna.Walton@eeoc.gov

Computer Electronic Program

https://www.cap.mil/

Job Accommodation Network

https://askjan.org/

Requesting Interpreter Services

https://www.wfm.noaa.gov/workplace/SignLangInterServices.html