Federal Manager's Daily Report

The bipartisan leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have tasked GAO with reviewing federal agencies’ hiring practices regarding candidates with disabilities, as a follow-up to a 2012 review.

The previous report found that while OPM had provided guidance to help agencies develop hiring plans and identified deficiencies in most agency plans, it could do more to hold agencies accountable for complying with a 2010 executive order telling them to boost their efforts to hire and retain persons with disabilities.


GAO at the time also recommended stepping up training programs and assessing the accuracy of data agencies produced on their compliance.

The new review is to examine compliance with the order, including whether agencies are adopting leading practices for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities; evaluate retention rates of those with disabilities; examine agencies’ “reasonable accommodation” policies and procedures; and assess OPM and Labor’s performance in enforcing the order.