Intelligence Community to Become Model for Hiring People With Disabilities

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has issued an Intelligence Community (IC) Policy Guidance calling for greater focus on hiring, retaining, and promoting individuals with disabilities. This directive builds upon a previous IC Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Enterprise Strategy which established goals for increasing inclusion within the IC from 2015 to 2020.

The policy directive signed by Coats in February and released this week notes, “IC elements shall be model employers for individuals with disabilities. IC elements shall adhere to the applicable provisions of federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws and regulations, provide equal opportunity in employment for all persons, and prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Equal opportunity in employment includes hiring, placement, and advancement opportunities.”

The directive calls for reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and an affirmative action plan for hiring, placement, and advancement. The affirmative action plan should be applicable to the broadest number of job categories possible, and recruitment and outreach strategies should be put in place to increase the number of qualified applicants with disabilities.

Among other things, the directive requires agencies to create and/or maintain plans to retain individuals with disabilities. These plans should include:

(1) Efforts to analyze workforce separation data to identify barriers to retaining employees with disabilities;

(2) Efforts to ensure the effective provision of reasonable accommodations, as required by the Rehabilitation Act; and

(3) Efforts to ensure that facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities as required by the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.

This directive builds upon the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Enterprise Strategy which presented the vision of “a diverse, inclusive, and innovative Intelligence Community workforce that delivers global intelligence advantage.”

The strategy outlined five goal areas for increasing diversity: leadership and accountability; workforce development and succession planning; recruitment, hiring, and retention; career development and advancement; and equal employment opportunity and inclusion.

The directive by Director Coats hits on all of these goal areas and was set to take effect in February.

Posted in Featured News


This Week on FEDtalk

Navigating Plans for Summer with the National Park Service

Do you know what you are doing this summer? To find out what our National Parks have to offer, tune in to FEDtalk this Friday and start planning your trip!

Read more ...

Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Highlights Important Policy, People During Police Week

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is continually committed to serving our members and the federal law enforcement community. This Police Week, FLEOA has dedicated special time and attention to pushing policy that helps the law enforcement community protect and serve their community. From events highlighting the importance of police to meetings on the Hill, FLEOA is excited to engage the public and policy makers on law enforcement issues during this time of heightened awareness.

Read more ...

The free weekly e-report for Federal Law Enforcement

Get in touch with us

Email FEDagent publisher

Copyright 2019
Hosted by Peak Media Company, LLC