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EEOC Releases Statistics on Number of People with Targeted Disabilities in Federal Work Force

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part II: Work Force Statistics, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 on August 19, 2014. The report covers the period from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011.

According to the report, between FY 2010 and 2011, the number of federal employees with targeted disabilities rose to 0.90 percent after a consecutive ten-year decline, followed by three years of holding steady at 0.88 percent. Targeted disabilities are considered the most severe impairments and include deafness, blindness, missing limbs, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorders, intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and distortion of the limb and/or spine.

“While the federal government continues to be a leader in work force diversity, further progress is needed for it to become a model workplace for all employees,” said Carlton Hadden, director of EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations. “Agencies should pay particular attention to increasing diversity among the Senior Executive Service and at the highest grade levels, as well as enhancing recruitment and retention of people with targeted disabilities.”

This article was adapted from information provided by the EEOC.

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