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News from the Department of Labor:

“Disability: Part of the Equation” to be the Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the theme of this year’s National Disability Employment Month (NDEAM), in October, will recognize the “vital role people with disabilities play in making the nation’s workforce more diverse and inclusive.” NDEAM, held annually, calls attention to the contributions workers with disabilities make to the nation’s economy. Led by the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), NDEAM also showcases practices that are supportive and inclusive and benefit workers and employers. As the date approaches, a poster and other resources will be provided to promote the theme. For additional details, read the news release from the Department of Labor on National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022.

Request for Information for Population Survey on Disability Employment Issues

A Request for Information (RFI) from ODEP has been issued to gain input regarding a supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS) on issues related to disability employment. This request seeks to elicit public comments to help in revising the CPS Disability Supplement and “to inform its general disability employment research agenda.” The CPS, which has existed since the 1940s, serves as the official source of government statistics on unemployment and other labor market issues. Compiled by the Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS) and the Census Bureau, the Supplement will be “fielded in 2024.” Similar to the three previous versions, the 2024 Disability Supplement will be conducted along with the monthly CPS, and “therefore the same detailed demographic information collected in the basic monthly CPS will be available for respondents to the Disability Supplement.” Because the CPS is “a rich source of information” on current employment, “it will be possible to examine in detail the nature of various employment and unemployment situations for individuals with disabilities.” Public comments may be submitted online or via mail and must be received by August 8, 2022. For more information about the RFI, including links and instructions for submitting comments, visit the Federal Register webpage: Request for Information on Current Population Survey Disability Supplement 2024.