On January 3, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) issued a final rule to amend the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 501). A notice of proposed rulemaking was previously published on February 24, 2016. The final rule is that federal agencies must adopt employment goals for individuals with disabilities, with sub-goals for individuals with targeted disabilities, and provide personal assistance services to certain employees who need them. In addition, several other requirements were designed to improve the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities in the federal workforce.
To capture agencies' affirmative action plans for persons with disabilities (P.W.D.) and persons with targeted disabilities (PWTD), EEOC regulations (29 C.F.R. § 1614.203(e)) and MD-715 require agencies to describe how their plans will improve the recruitment, hiring, advancement, and retention of applicants and employees with disabilities. Each federal agency must have 12% of its workforce be people with disabilities and 2% of its workforce be people with targeted disabilities.
The posting of EEO data on agency public websites is intended to assist Congress, federal agencies, and the public annually to assess whether and how agencies are living up to their equal employment opportunity responsibilities.
Affirmative Action Plans
FY 2020 (PDF, 44KB)