EEO Data Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act

Reasonable Accommodation Procedures

Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the federal sector and requires federal agencies to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified employees or employment applicants with disabilities, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992 incorporates the employment standards of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into the Rehabilitation Act. The ADA defines disability related terms in detail and serves as an accepted resource for accommodation policy compliance.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) fully complies with the reasonable accommodation requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. SSA provides reasonable accommodations when an employment applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to be considered for a job; when an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to enable him or her to perform the essential functions of the job or to gain access to the workplace; and when an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment.

SSA will process requests for reasonable accommodation and, where appropriate, provide reasonable accommodations in a prompt, fair, and efficient manner. SSA is dedicated to improving the employment, retention, and advancement of qualified persons with disabilities by providing the information and resources necessary to support them and to accomplish the agency’s mission.

On July 26, 2000, former President Clinton signed Executive Order 13164, which requires each federal agency to establish effective written procedures for processing requests for reasonable accommodation. The purpose of such procedures is to provide employees as well as supervisors and managers with an easy-to-understand, step-by-step explanation of the reasonable accommodation process. These procedures outline the steps for requesting or responding to requests for reasonable accommodation at the Social Security Administration.

For futher information regarding Social Security's Reasonable Accommodation Procedures e-mails can be directed to dchr.ope.cds@ssa.gov