Executive Order: Increasing the Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities to be Employed in the Federal Government (7/26/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

Immediate Release                             July 26, 2000

                              EXECUTIVE ORDER

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     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote an increase
in the opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be employed at
all levels and occupations of the Federal Government, and to support the
goals articulated in section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29
U.S.C. 791), it is hereby ordered as follows:

     Section 1.  Increasing the Federal Employment Opportunities for
Individuals with Disabilities.  (a) Recent evidence demonstrates that,
throughout the United States, qualified persons with disabilities have been
refused employment despite their availability and qualifications, and many
qualified persons with disabilities are never made aware of available
employment opportunities.  Evidence also suggests that increased efforts at
outreach, and increased understanding of the reasonable accommodations
available for persons with disabilities, will permit persons with
disabilities to compete for employment on a more level playing field.

     (b)  Based on current hiring patterns and anticipated increases from
expanded outreach efforts and appropriate accommodations, the Federal
Government, over the next 5 years, will be able to hire 100,000 qualified
individuals with disabilities.  In furtherance of such efforts, Federal
agencies shall:

          (1)  Use available hiring authorities, consistent with statutes,
          regulations, and prior Executive orders and Presidential

          (2)  Expand their outreach efforts, using both traditional and
          nontraditional methods; and

          (3)  Increase their efforts to accommodate individuals with

     (c)  As a model employer, the Federal Government will take the lead in
educating the public about employment opportunities available for
individuals with disabilities.

     (d)  This order does not require agencies to create new positions or
to change existing qualification standards for any position.

     Sec. 2.  Implementation.  Each Federal agency shall prepare a plan to
increase the opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be employed
in the agency.  Each agency shall submit that plan to the Office of
Personnel Management within 60 days from the date of this order.

     Sec. 3.  Authority to Develop Guidance.  The Office of Personnel
Management shall develop guidance on the provisions of this order to
increase the opportunities for individuals with disabilities employed in
the Federal Government.

     Sec. 4. Judicial Review.  This order is intended only to improve the
internal management of the executive branch and does not create any right
or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or equity by a
party against the United States, its agencies, its officers, its employees,
or any person.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    July 26, 2000.

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