Career Hiring Event for People with Disabilities

September 27, 2010 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

President ObamaIn October 2009, President Obama announced the “Two Percent by 2010” initiative to increase the employment of people with disabilities in the Federal Workforce. In support of this initiative, the HHS Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODME) will host a “Career Hiring Event for People with Disabilities” on October 28, 2010, in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building.

As the Office of Inspector General continues to seek highly qualified employees to fulfill its expanding mission and complement its growing work force, this event provides a great opportunity to promote active use of the Schedule A hiring authority to quickly fill positions with qualified people and increase our employment of persons with targeted disabilities. OIG will support this effort by committing hiring managers to interview applicants and make tentative “on the spot” offers to qualified candidates on the day of the event. Additional details will follow as plans for the event are finalized.

Ms. Qaisia Ali of the OMP Human Capital Division will serve as the OIG representative on the ODME event planning committee. Qaisia will work with each component to help forecast upcoming vacancies, to identify hiring supervisors/managers to conduct the actual interviews during the hiring event. She will also serve as OIG’s reasonable accommodations point of contact and coordinate with the Rockville HR Field Office on the hiring actions.

ODME will provide Schedule A training in mid-October for OIG hiring supervisors/managers. Schedule A hiring is a special streamlined hiring authority available to hire individuals with targeted disabilities. Qualified individuals with targeted disabilities can be hired non-competitively without recruitment, without posting and publicizing the position, without clearance of priority placement, and without going through the certificate process. Schedule A eliminates many of the competitive hiring steps, reducing the time it takes to fill a needed position.

To be eligible for noncompetitive appointment using the Schedule A hiring authority, candidates must obtain written proof of disability and a certification of job readiness from a licensed medical professional, a state or private vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Candidates must also meet the Office of Personnel Management’s position qualification standards for which they are applying.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to this important initiative. Please feel free to contact Beth Brown Ghee or Qaisia Ali in OMP if you have any questions in the meantime.

Paul R. Johnson
Assistant Inspector General
Chief Operating Officer
Office of Inspector General/OMP
(202) 205-9117

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