U.S. Dept. of Justice Seeks Job Applicants with Disabilities
Attention job seekers with disabilities interested in working in the U.S. Department of Justice: This is a good time to apply.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently issued a memo calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hire and promote people with disabilities, with the goal of making DOJ “a model employer with a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities.”
Although DOJ’s workforce of more than 100,000 people is comprised of many law enforcement positions that have physical requirements, Holder asked managers, supervisors, and hiring officials to work toward a “2 percent hiring goal of people with disabilities.” This includes physical, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities.
The memo doesn’t represent a change in policy, but rather a re-commitment to existing policy issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which encourages the recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion of persons with disabilities (among others). Holder’s complete memo to the DOJ can be found at the end of this article.
Spread the word
|Olegario D. Cantos VII,
Trial Attorney, Investigations Unit Disability Rights Section (NYA)
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
“I strongly advise you to print and retain this memo for your records and to share this important document with everyone in your respective networks who wishes to seek employment in the Justice Department,” urged Olegario D. Cantos VII, a trial lawyer with the DOJ disability rights section and a member of the Attorney General’s Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities. “Job seekers may include a copy of this memo in their applications as a reminder to hiring authorities of the call to action issued by the Attorney General.”
Cantos also directed job seekers to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Schedule A hiring authority, which allows individuals with targeted disabilities to be hired non-competitively into all levels of leadership following certification of disability and job readiness. (For more on this, see the Federal Register document “Excepted Service--Appointment of Persons With Disabilities and Career and Career-Conditional Employment.”)
Most of all, help spread the word, urged Cantos, by posting Holder’s memo “on Web sites, on social networks, on newsgroups, and in online and offline organization and agency publications.”
“Working in the Justice Department has been an amazing and fulfilling experience in more ways than one,” he said. “I would like nothing more than for all individuals with disabilities who have an interest in joining our ranks to make application to available positions for which they qualify.”
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
May 27, 2009
FROM: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
SUBJECT: Hiring Goals for Persons with Targeted Disabilities
President Barack Obama has a comprehensive agenda to empower individuals with disabilities and enhance access to employment for all Americans. As Attorney General, I am committed to making the Department of Justice (DOJ) a model employer with a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities.
The Department, like other Federal agencies, must comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Management Directive 715, which requires hiring goals to increase employment and advancement of people with disabilities. While I recognize that DOJ’s workforce is comprised of many law enforcement positions that have physical requirements, I ask that managers, supervisors, and hiring officials assist me in working toward a Department-wide two-percent hiring goal of people with disabilities. If achieved, this goal will align DOJ with the most successful agencies in employing individuals with severe disabilities.
The Justice Management Division's (JMD) Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity Staffs are available to assist you and to provide information on special hiring authorities and accommodations for people with disabilities. These offices also will report quarterly to me on the Department's progress. If you have any questions you may contact Rod Markham, Director, Human Resources Staff, JMD or Vontell D. Frost-Tucker, Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Staff, JMD.
President Obama has said, "We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination. Policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities."
I am asking the DOJ leadership for its pledge to incorporate talented persons with disabilities into the workplace.