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Federal Government Employment

Learn about building a disability-inclusive federal workforce. 

A strong federal workforce is an inclusive federal workforce, one welcoming of the skills and talents of all qualified individuals. Reflecting this, the Federal Government has taken several steps over the years to increase the representation of people with disabilities in its workforce nationwide.

The underlying foundation for these actions is Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against and requires affirmative action in employment of people with disabilities in the federal sector. Since the passage of the Rehabilitation Act, various additional actions have served to strengthen this commitment, including updates to Section 501 and most recently, Executive Order 14035, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government, which was signed by President Biden on June 25, 2021.