U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20590
February 13, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) goal is to enhance access to employment of people with disabilities by ensuring equal employment opportunity. I encourage effective outreach, recruitment, selection and advancement of qualified people with disabilities. I am committed to making DOT a model employer of persons with disabilities, especially those with severe disabilities referred to as "targeted disabilities."
The Department will comply with Section 50 l of the Rehabilitation Act of I 973, as amended, which prohibits Federal agencies from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. The Department will provide hiring, placement, and advancement opportunities for persons with disabilities. Violations of this law will result in appropriate disciplinary actions against the offenders, up to and including dismissal.
The Department will continue to identify and remove any barriers to hiring, retaining, and promoting persons with disabilities. In accordance with Executive Order 13548 and the respective DOT Plan to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities, all departmental organizations will work with their offices of human resources in outreach efforts to provide internship, employment, and advancement opportunities to persons with disabilities, especially those with targeted disabilities.
The Department will provide a work environment that welcomes qualified individuals with disabilities and effectively uses their skills, knowledge, and abilities. Each of us has a role in identifying, reporting and eliminating batTiers to the employment of people with disabilities. Guidance on how to handle requests for reasonable accommodation by employees and employment applicants is contained in DOT Order I 011.1, "Procedures for Processing Reasonable Accommodation Requests by Applicants and Employees with Disabilities" (available on the Department's Web site at https://wwww.civilrights.dot.gov).
Please join me in ensuring equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Together, we can make DOT a model employer and a b etter workplace for all.
Anthony R. Foxx