Message from the Director: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 4, 2010
Since 1945, when thousands of our servicemen returned home from the Second World War with permanent disabilities, our nation has set aside time in October to reaffirm the importance of employing the disabled. That tradition has evolved into National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and it’s an opportunity for Americans to think about how we can make better use of the strengths of all our citizens. Our government—and this Agency—remains dedicated to giving everyone a chance to contribute in a job for which he or she is qualified.
In July, President Obama issued an Executive Order that reinforces the Federal Government’s commitment to employ more people with disabilities. The order calls on each agency to develop strategies to increase recruitment and retention of disabled employees over the next five years. We at CIA are proud to be part of that effort, which includes improved access to technology and to the workplace itself, all to ensure the fullest possible contributions to the work of government.
Increased diversity is a major goal of CIA 2015, our blueprint for the future, and that includes more hiring of disabled officers. To those who already advance our mission every day, we pledge to make our Agency an even better place in which to work, one that will make it easier for you to excel. “Disabled” refers to only a single dimension of a person’s identity; it never describes the entire man or woman. By creating greater opportunity for disabled citizens, I want CIA not only to do the right thing—I want our Agency to draw every advantage from the limitless pool of talent that is America. We are a family, and everyone in our family deserves the chance to succeed.
Leon E. Panetta