The U.S. government is falling short on a plan to dramatically increase hiring of people with intellectual disability and other conditions, according to a new report.
Just 1 percent of the federal workforce had so-called “targeted disabilities” in 2015. That’s down from 1.05 percent in 2003 and “far below” a government goal of 2 percent. The figures come from an annual report out this month from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on diversity in the federal workforce.
Targeted disabilities include intellectual disability, psychiatric disability and other conditions that have historically been associated with high rates of unemployment and underemployment. Of those with targeted disabilities who were working for the federal government, the EEOC found they were likely to be employed at low pay grades.
Overall the report notes that more than 200,000 federal workers — or about 8.5 percent — had a disability in 2015. Under an EEOC rule, 12 percent of those working at each government agency should be people with disabilities and 2 percent should have targeted conditions.