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Disability Employment Program

The overall objective of the FWS Disability Employment Program is to ensure that positive steps are taken to eliminate barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating fairly in all aspects of the FWS employment process, including but not limited to recruitment, training, upward mobility, career counseling, developmental details, and promotions. Efforts of this program are driven by the support of Affirmative employment hiring goals for persons with targeted disabilities, the FWS on-going working relationships with state and local disability employment entities, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.

These websites provide access to information that is relevant to the recruitment, employment, and retention of individuals with disabilities in the Federal Government.

Affirmative Action Plan

Click here to access the FWS Affirmative Action Plan (MD-715 Part J) in PDF form.

Personal Assistance Services

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) amended the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 501), the law that prohibits the federal government from discriminating in employment on the basis of disability and requires it to engage in affirmative action for people with disabilities. All Federal Agencies will be required to provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS) beginning on January 3, 2018. PAS may be provided to employees who, because of targeted disabilities, require such assistance in order to be at work or participate in work-related travel. PAS are to be provided during work hours and job-related travel, absent undue hardship.

Click Here to Access the FWS Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Fact Sheet

Options for funding personal assistance services can be found on the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) at

Reasonable Accommodation

The DOI Manual Chapter 373 DM 15 specifies the purpose, authorities, definitions, responsibilities, guidelines, and other important information about Reasonable Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities. Reasonable accommodation is a logical change or adjustment to a job or worksite that makes it possible for qualified employees which disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position in question. The two other categories of reasonable accommodation are: modifications or adjustments to a job application process to permit an individual with a disability to be considered for a job; and, modifications or adjustments that enable employees with disabilities to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment. All managers should become familiar with this manual chapter. The manual chapter is available via the internet at .

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Last updated: July 28, 2020