CIA Named Employer of the Year
November 10, 1998
In a recent ceremony, the Fairfax Area Disabilities Board named the Central Intelligence Agency an Outstanding Employer of the Year for its efforts and commitment to recruiting, hiring, and promoting people with disabilities. The breakfast event was attended by more than 120 individuals from a variety of corporations and small businesses. Maggie Hager, disability advocate and wife of Virginia Lt. Governor John Hager, himself a wheelchair user, served as keynote speaker for the event.
Executive Director David Carey, accepting the award on behalf of the Agency, noted, "The men and women of CIA--many of whom by the way are Fairfax residents--are committed to excellence, opportunity, and diversity. We've found that these conditions are inseparable. Our Deaf employees and those with disabilities fit well into our problem-solving culture. Their contributions are felt daily across the Agency and range, for example, from making our support services more efficient, to providing a wide range of information technology services, to fashioning the analysis we send to the President and senior policymakers."
The Executive Director continued by saying that "several of our employees with disabilities also serve as role models, mentors, and resources for those enrolled in our Internship Program for People with Disabilities. We're especially pleased with the response to this program, which provides a 13-month entry-level internship for people who frequently have not had a previous work experience. In sum, we're committed to employing more people with disabilities. I'd like to accept this award not only as recognition of what we've done but also as encouragement to do more. We will. Thank you."
Earlier this year, the Agency received the Public Sector Employer of the Year Award from the CAREERS & the DisABLED Magazine for its efforts for people with disabilities.