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FEED Meeting April 13, 2022

Establishing an Effective Disability Working Group 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
1:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Overview

As federal agencies continue their work to implement Executive Order (EO) 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce, FEED will continue to share and expand on ideas generated by its membership. One of the top recommendations from the FEED member survey conducted prior to the February 9 meeting was “establish a disability working group within each agency to implement the DEIA Strategic plan.” Disability-focused working groups allow federal employees with disabilities to play an active role in the implementation of their agency’s DEIA Strategic Plan and communicate with agency leadership on critical issues related to recruiting, hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities in the Federal Government. 

This meeting will feature presentations from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Education, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as well as Deaf In Government, about promising and emerging practices for establishing an effective disability working group (DWG). It will also provide an opportunity for members to share information about existing federal DWGs and a question and answer session.

Presenters:

  • Brianne Burger, Liaison to the Special Institutions, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, and Board Member, Deaf In Government
  • Ollie Cantos, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education
  • Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Teri Williams, Diversity Program Specialist, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, OPM

Agenda

Introduction (1:00-1:05 p.m.)

  • Akinyemi Banjo, Policy Advisor, Employer and Workplace Policy, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor

Welcoming Remarks (1:05-1:10 p.m.)

  • Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, ODEP, Department of Labor

Updates from OPM (1:10-1:15 p.m.)

  • Jennifer Croft, Diversity Program Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Presentation: Establishing an Effective Disability Working Group (1:15-2:00 p.m.)

  • Brianne Burger, Liaison to Special Institutions, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, Board Member, Deaf in Government
  • Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Building Strength Through Collective Action: Growing Agency Disability Resource Groups (2:00-2:35 p.m.)

  • Ollie Cantos, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education (ED), Co-Lead, Disability Resource Group at ED
  • Teri Williams, Diversity Program Specialist, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, OPM

Question and Answer Session (2:35-2:55 p.m.)

Closing Remarks (2:55-3:00 p.m.)

  • Lou Orslene, Director, Employer and Workplace Policy, ODEP, Department of Labor