Federal Resources

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice established the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination based on disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.

ADA Publications

If you think that your employer is discriminating against you because of your citizenship or immigration status or your national origin or your employer is requiring you to present more or specific documents to demonstrate employment eligibility, contact: Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

Free and anonymous hotline: 1-800-255-7688

Email: osccrt@usdoj.gov

The White House

In July 2010, President Obama marked the 20th Anniversary of the ADA by signing Executive Order 13548. Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, which calls on federal departments and agencies to increase the recruitment, hiring and retention of people with disabilities in coming years.


Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services 
CMS is a federal agency that runs the Medicare program and works with the States to run the Medicaid program.

Website: http://www.cms.gov        


Disability.gov is a federal government website that provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits. The site provides access to thousands of resources from federal, state and local government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.  Disability.gov is managed by U.S. DOL’s, ODEP in partnership with 21 other federal agencies, including Social Security.

Website: http://www.disability.gov

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) EEOC.gov is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person?s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

Website: http://www.eeoc.gov/

Publication: http://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/

Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR)

The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) was established to promote interagency disability research coordination and collaboration, and enhance communication and information sharing among federal agencies and stakeholders conducting rehabilitation research programs and activities.


U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

OPM is an independent agency of the United States government that manages the civil service of the federal government.?

Website: www.opm.gov

  • Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
  • Federal agencies fill jobs two ways, competitively and non-competitively. Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either way. People who are selected for jobs must meet the qualification requirements for the jobs and be able to perform the essential duties of the jobs with or without reasonable accommodation.


Benefits.gov provides easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The website includes over 1,000 programs representing 17 Federal partners.

Website: http://www.benefits.gov/