[Nfbnet-members-list] FYI EEOC Seeks Public Input on How to Improve Federal Hiring of People with Disabilities

Michael Hingson via Nfbnet-members-list nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org
Mon May 19 14:48:22 UTC 2014

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the
regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a
law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal

Current Section 501 regulations prohibit employment discrimination based on
disability and explain the standards for determining whether discrimination
has occurred. The regulations also impose a separate obligation on federal
agencies to be "model employers" of individuals with disabilities, but do
not explain what federal agencies must do to comply with this obligation.

The Commission is proposing to revise its regulations to include a more
detailed explanation of the model employer obligation. Before it publishes a
proposed regulation, however, the Commission is issuing an Advance Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that seeks comments from members of the public
on what the amended regulations should say.

The EEOC welcomes input from federal agencies, individuals, employers,
advocacy groups, agency stakeholders, and other interested parties. The
Commission is specifically seeking answers to seven questions listed in the
announcement, such as what barriers exist to the hiring, retention, and
advancement of individuals with disabilities in the federal government, what
regulatory requirements could eliminate these barriers, and whether
numerical goals should be established for the employment of people with
disabilities by the federal government. The ANPRM is now available on the
Federal Register website at https://www.federalregister.gov/a/2014-11233.
Responses to the ANPRM must be submitted by 5:00 pm EDT on Monday, July 14,

For more information, visit www.eeoc.gov <http://www.eeoc.gov/> .



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