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To date, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) ePolicyWorks initiative has hosted 62 national online dialogues that allowed various partners to enlist public stakeholder input on key policy issues related to the employment of people with disabilities. Scroll down to browse our Dialogue Library to learn about our dialogues and review the outcomes of each online event.

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Moving Forward: Enhancing Workplace Safety & Health Preparedness in Essential Industries

National Online Dialogue |  April 24 – May 20, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in collaboration with the Office of Disability Employment Policy, is hosting this national dialogue to learn about effective policies and practices used in essential industries during various phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ideas collected will inform DOL’s efforts to support industries and workers during future national emergencies. 

Advancing Disability Inclusion in Very Small Businesses

National Online Dialogue and Fireside Chat |  March  25 – May 13, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy hosted this national online dialogue to gather ideas and insights on current policies and disability-inclusive practices to help inform the development of resources, tools, and actions to address the needs of very small businesses that employ disabled workers or are owned by a disabled person.

Making AI Hiring Tools More Inclusive

National Online Dialogue |  February 20 – March 18, 2024

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), hosted this national online dialogue to gather ideas and contributions to assist PEAT and their collaborators in creating tools that help employers tap into benefits and identify, reduce and address barriers that AI hiring tools may present for people with disabilities, including those who may also be members of other protected classes.

Exploring the Future of Public Transportation Research: A National Online Dialogue

National Online Dialogue |  November 20, 2023 – January 12, 2024

This dialogue, hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, sought insights from the public on ideas for research, technologies and new practices that could propel public transportation forward. The dialogue had more than 145 participants share their input, experiences and suggestions on ways to help make public transit safer, cleaner, greener, more resilient and more equitable.

Our Future Matters: Informing the Federal Interagency Strategy

National Online Dialogue and Fireside Chat |  July 24 – August 25, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), in collaboration with The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT), a workgroup with representatives from several federal agencies including the Departments of Educations, Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Social Security Administration, hosted this ePolicyWorks online dialogue to help improve policies and practices that lead to a smooth transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities.

Advancing Equity in Grantmaking at the U.S. Department of Labor

National Online Dialogue |  March 14 – April 17, 2023

The dialogue hosted by U.S. Departments of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) had more than 80 participants, gathering insights and perspectives from a diverse group of past grant applicants. Participants discussed challenges encountered during the grant application process and shared ideas on how ETA could address these challenges. The valuable input collected assisted DOL in gaining a deeper understanding of the issues faced by grant applicants and in identifying effective strategies to address them.

Mental Health Matters: A Series of National Online Dialogues on Workforce Mental Health Policies

National Online Dialogue Series |  March 10 – April 14, 2023

The State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED), an initiative funded by an U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) contract, hosted a series of four national online dialogues to gather input on how public policy can more effectively support workers’ mental health and bolster the behavioral health care workforce. Insight gleaned from the dialogues helped to inform the Mental Health Matters: National Task Force on Workforce Mental Health Policy. 

Advancing the National Apprenticeship System

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat  |  August 15 – September 12, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Office of Apprenticeship, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) and Women’s Bureau (WB) hosted this national online dialogue to gather ideas on policies, practices and resources that will further the reach and availability of inclusive apprenticeships and address barriers to their success.

Understanding and Addressing the Workplace Challenges Related to Long COVID

National Online Dialogue   |  July 11 – August 15, 2022

DOL’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), ETA, ODEP, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Surgeon General hosted this dialogue to better understand workplace challenges of those experiencing ongoing symptoms of COVID-19 — a condition known as long COVID — as well as gather ideas to address these challenges and minimize associated employment and financial impacts of the condition. 

Advancing Inclusive Apprenticeships: Increasing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in Apprenticeships

National Online Dialogue   |  November 15 – December 10, 2021

DOL’s ETA, ODEP, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Wage and Hour Division (WHD), WB and VETS hosted this dialogue to gather ideas for policies, practices, strategies and approaches that will support inclusive apprenticeships and assist in its’ efforts to foster and grow apprenticeship opportunities that advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Advancing Financial Equity for Individuals with Disabilities

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat   |  October 25 – November 15, 2021

DOL created a Financial Toolkit specifically designed to cover every stage of employment through a financial lens for people with disabilities. This dialogue, hosted by DOL’s ODEP and the LEAD Center, helped to seek ideas to ensure that everyone has equal access to economic advancement and financial education opportunities, as well as gather information on best practices and existing resources.

Advancing Worker Equity in the U.S. Department of Labor's Policies, Programs and Procurement

National Online Dialogue   | September 13 – October 4, 2021

DOL’s ETA, Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), ODEP, OFCCP and WHD hosted this national online dialogue better understand and identify solutions for overcoming current and historical barrier in employment policies and programs, and to identify ways to advance worker equity for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Women and Work: Reinvestment, Return and Recovery

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat   |  June 21 – July 9, 2021

DOL’s WB, WHD, ETA, OFCCP and ODEP hosted this national online dialogue to gather input and ideas to understand the barriers that continue to limit the full participation of women in the workforce and to determine how best to provide resources to support women workers and create a more equitable economy.

Empowering Teens in Their Workplaces

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat   |  April 19 – May 25, 2021

DOL wants to promote a positive and safe work experience for teens. Every year, millions of teens working in part-time seasonal or summer jobs experience preventable workplace injuries and illnesses. DOL’s ETA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ODEP and WHD hosted this online dialogue to look for ideas on the best ways to engage current and prospective teen workers, including through social media. They were also gathering ideas on the best ways to educate teens about their workplace rights, what they can and cannot do on the job, what hours they may work, workplace hazards and exposure controls, and other relevant work-related concerns.

COVID-19 Workforce Recovery: State & Local Disability-Inclusive Policies & Practices

National Online Dialogue   | April 12 – June 9, 2021

DOL’s ODEP and the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) seek to gather input from state and local policymakers and other key stakeholders to identify trending issues and policy priorities around COVID-19’s impact on the employment of people with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Labor's Efforts to Advance Racial & Social Equity in Employment for People with Disabilities

National Online Dialogue   |  April 12 – May 3, 2021

DOL’s ODEP, OFCCP and WB hosted this national online dialogue to gather ideas on how to ensure racial and social equity in employment policies and programs for people with disabilities from historically underserved communities.

Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles

National Online Dialogue   |  February 22 – May 5, 2021

This online dialogue hosted by the U.S. Access Board in partnership with DOL’s ODEP, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, and other agencies to promote accessibility for people with disabilities in the design of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Share your thoughts, ideas and comments on considerations for the future design of AVs that will accommodate the needs of people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. The dialogue is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Access Board’s series of four virtual meetings on making AVs accessible to passengers with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Labor's Efforts to End Labor Trafficking

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat   |  December 3 – December 18, 2020

DOL combats labor trafficking by detecting and referring possible cases to law enforcement agencies, as well as assisting in computing back wages for victims, funding research and data collection, and providing employment and training services – focusing on industries with vulnerable workers and historically high rates of labor law violations. This dialogue was hosted by DOL’s OCI, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), ETA, OSHA, ODEP, WHD and the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (CFOI).

Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment

National Online Dialogue   |  October 5 – October 30, 2020

DOL’s ODEP hosted this national online dialogue to learn how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment. People with disabilities, family members, advocates, employment specialists, VR counselors, job coaches, and employers shared ideas about (1) addressing health risks, (2) balancing self-determination and health, and (3) addressing increased unemployment.

U.S. Department of Transportation's Accessibility Strategic Plan Framework

National Online Dialogue   |  July 30 – August 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) hosted this online dialogue to gain input on its Accessibility Strategic Plan to ensure a unified vision and clear path forward to continue to remove barriers in transportation access for people with disabilities. The plan will include specific goals that will guide the department’s accessibility work. The final version of the strategic plan will be published in the Federal Registry in late 2020.

Opening America's Workplaces Again

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat   |  April 30 – May 7, 2020

As DOL continued its efforts to support American workers and position the economy for a strong rebound, DOL’s ‘s OCI, OSHA, WHD, EBSA, OFCCP, ETA, ODEP, VETS and WB hosted a national online dialogue to solicit ideas about challenges that may be faced as businesses reopen and how best to help employers and workers reopen America’s workplaces safely.

Providing Expanded Family and Medical Leave to Employees Affected by COVID-19

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat   |  March 23 – April 10, 2020

DOL’s OCI, WHD and ODEP hosted this online dialogue for employers and business organizations, employees and employee groups, state and local government officials, and other stakeholders to shape the development of DOL’s compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) expanded family and medical leave provisions.

Access and Mobility for All Summit

National Online Dialogue   |  October 25 – October 29, 2019

DOT hosted the Access and Mobility for All Summit on October 29, 2019 to raise awareness of its and government-wide efforts to improve access and mobility for people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals of low income and identify priority federal and non-federal activities and innovations that can provide more efficient, affordable, and accessible vehicles and mobility services such as transit and ride-sharing. Summit participants used the dialogue to pose questions for the summit’s featured panelists representing the advocacy community, government, academia, and industry.

Barriers and Solutions to Complete Trips for All

National Online Dialogue   |  September 9 – October 7, 2019

People with disabilities face an unemployment rate twice that of their peers. Thirty percent of people with disabilities unable to find employment cite mobility difficulties as a barrier to their success. DOT and DOL ODEP’s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) and Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) hosted this dialogue with the goal of reducing the mobility barriers constraining the participation of Americans with disabilities in the workforce and in the community. Specifically, the dialogue aimed to understand how new technologies and innovations can improve mobility for those with disabilities.

Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

National Online Dialogue and Twitter Chat   |  August 6 – September 13, 2019

DOL’s OCI, WHD, WB and ODEP gathered input and ideas on how DOL can help employers and nursing mothers understand their responsibilities and rights under Section 7(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act – Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision. The results of this dialogue guided the work of OCI and its partners to expand and enhance compliance assistance resources and materials to assist employers and nursing mothers in understanding their responsibilities and rights under the law.

Continue the Conversation: AVs Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

National Online Dialogue  |  August 5 – September 7, 2019

At the Automated Vehicles Symposium, DOL’s ODEP and DOT co-hosted a listening session on AVs, accessibility, and employment. This dialogue continued the conversation on the ways in which accessible AVs can be leveraged to drive employment for Americans with disabilities.

Section 14(c)

National Online Dialogue  |  May 20 – June 21, 2019

DOL’s ODEP, through its ePolicyWorks initiative, hosted this national online dialogue to gather perspectives on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The goal of this online dialogue was to capture trends, experiences with transition, and visions for the future from those “on the ground.” Information gleaned from the comments was summarized to provide an overview of Section 14(c) at the state and national levels to ODEP.

Work Matters: Supporting Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship

National Online Dialogue  |  October 1 – November 19, 2018

This dialogue was the culmination of the “Work Matters” dialogue series. It addressed ways states can support people with disabilities in their quest for self-employment or entrepreneurship opportunities, with a particular focus on veterans.

Work Matters: Retaining & Reemploying Ill, Injured & Displaced Workers

National Online Dialogue  |  June 18 – September 30, 2018

Key stakeholders from the disability, service provider and employer communities and stay-at-work/return-to-work (SAW/RTW) subject matter experts submitted feedback on state policy options identified during the SEED SAW/RTW Information Gathering Sessions held in May 2018.

Veterans & Military Spouses Licensure

National Online Dialogue  |  May 29 – June 15, 2018

DOL’s ODEP, VETS, OASP and WB gathered insight on the effects of occupational regulation and licensing requirements on employment opportunities for veterans and military spouses and what can be done to ease those requirements.

Money Matters: Linking Financial Literacy and Employment

National Online Dialogue  |  April 19 – May 11, 2018

The LEAD Center invited workforce professionals, financial services partners and the disability community to submit accomplishments, strategies, barriers, and potential partnerships that support the design and delivery of financial literacy education activities to youth and adults with disabilities served by American Job Centers and/or other employment services providers.

Work Matters: Harnessing Innovation to Advance Workforce Opportunities

National Online Dialogue  |  April 10 – May 4, 2018

SEED invited the disability community to submit ideas and feedback related to the Work Matters report, specifically policies that states can develop or implement to support individuals with disabilities as they navigate the logistics of getting to work.

Work Matters: Readying a Skilled Workforce

National Online Dialogue  |  March 6 – March 16, 2018

SEED gathered ideas on policies that states can develop or implement to prepare youth and young adults with disabilities for work and promote meaningful family engagement throughout the education and careerdevelopment process.

Work Matters: Laying the Groundwork for States as Model Employers

National Online Dialogue  |  February 1 – February 22, 2018

SEED gathered ideas on policies that states can develop or implement to strengthen their role as model employers of people with disabilities.

Careers in the Arts Toolkit

National Online Dialogue  |  December 6, 2017 – January 8, 2018

The dialogue, hosted by Art Beyond Sight (ABS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and DOL’s ODEP, sought to identify the resources that would prove most effective for people with disabilities pursuing education, training, and employment opportunities across all arts and culture disciplines, not only as artists but cultural workers, as well.

Educating Disabled Veterans and Employers about Workplace Rights and Responsibilities

National Online Dialogue  |  November 20 – December 15, 2017

This dialogue, hosted by DOL’s ODEP and VETS and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sought to promote new thinking around the employment and advancement of veteran and to improve education efforts for employers about their responsibilities under Federal employment laws.

2017 Interagency Accessibility Forum

National Online Dialogue  |  October 24 – December 1, 2017

In this online dialogue, hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA) and DOL’s ODEP, participants of the 2017 Interagency Accessibility Forum and others continued the conversations begun during the event online.

Autonomous Vehicles: Driving Employment for People with Disabilities

National Online Dialogue  |  October 10 – October 27, 2017

DOL’s ODEP and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) partnered to host this online dialogue to promote innovative thinking around the design and deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs) as it relates to employment.

SAW/RTW Policy Dissemination

National Online Dialogue  |  June 26 – July 14, 2017

Hosted by DOL’s ODEP, participants shared ideas on the best ways to disseminate policy products and information generated through ODEP’s SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative and its three Policy Working Groups.

The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes

National Online Dialogue  |  May 1 – May 19, 2017

This national online dialogue, hosted by the LEAD Center and DOL’s ODEP, explored how ABLE accounts can be used to advance employment and financial self-sufficiency for youth and adults with disabilities.

Transition Back to Work

National Online Dialogue  |  April 3 – April 21, 2017

Hosted by DOL’s ODEP, participants in this SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative dialogue explored what it would take for states to develop initiatives or programs, or institute policy changes, that support workers in the transition back to work.

RTW Strategies: Washington's COHE Model

National Online Dialogue  |  March 7 – March 18, 2017

Participants in this SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative dialogue shared ideas on ways that states might adopt or adapt occupational health best practices and care coordination strategies from Washington’s Centers of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) model to improve outcomes for injured workers.

Building a Disability-Inclusive Talent Pipeline: Ideas for Effective Outreach and Recruitment Strategies

National Online Dialogue  |  January 17 – February 3, 2017

DOL’s ODEP and its Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) initiative gathered insights into successful strategies federal contractors are using to recruit and hire people with disabilities.

Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways

National Online Dialogue  |  October 17 – November 4, 2016

The LEAD Center and DOL’s ODEP sought to gather ideas and insights on how to improve the effectiveness of Inclusive Career Pathways programs to provide career support for people whose options may be otherwise limited.

Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology II

National Online Dialogue  |  October 10 – October 26, 2016

DOL’s ODEP and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) listened to ideas on the kinds of policies, programs, structures and methods needed to advance accessible workplace technology.

SAW/RTW: What Can States Do?

National Online Dialogue  |  July 19 – August 12, 2016

Hosted by DOL’s ODEP, the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative solicited feedback from a wide array of stakeholders on policy recommendations for increasing retention and re-employment among workers facing illness or injury.

Careers in the Arts

National Online Dialogue  |  June 6 – June 19, 2016

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Arts and Disability Center co-hosted this national dialogue and asked, “what ideas do you have to increase the career preparation and employment of people with disabilities in the arts?”

YouthACT Transitions Truths

National Online Dialogue  |  May 19 – May 22, 2016

DOL ODEP’s Youth Policy Team and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) gave youth and young adults with disabilities the platform to discuss what they need to become successful adults.

Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology

National Online Dialogue  |  May 10 – June 10, 2016

DOL’s ODEP and PEAT listened to ideas on the kinds of policies, programs, structures and methods needed to advance accessible workplace technology.

Work Matters: Advancing State Policy for a More Inclusive Workforce

National Online Dialogue  |  February 5 – March 16, 2016

The National Task Force on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities, the Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Exchange on Disability and Employment gathered ideas about state policymakers’ experiences with state-level disability employment-related policy to inform the National Task Force’s priorities and help focus policy options.

Strategies for Achieving the Goals of Section 503

National Online Dialogue  |  November 18 – December 18, 2015

DOL’s ODEP and EARN used information gleaned to develop technical assistance materials to help employers foster a disability-inclusive workplace culture where people feel comfortable disclosing disabilities openly, without fear of discrimination.

Breaking Down Employment Barriers with Accessible Transportation Innovation

National Online Dialogue  |  November 2, 2015 – February 14, 2016

DOL’s ODEP and DOT’s ATTRI focused on the future generation of accessible transportation solutions to further develop and enhance transportation options as an effective employment support for people with disabilities.

Promoting Retention or Re-Employment of Workers After a Significant Injury or Illness

National Online Dialogue  |  June 22 – October 9, 2015

The SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative, hosted by DOL’s ODEP, invited participants to suggest ways to respond to five draft policy recommendations intended to promote retention and re-employment after an injury or an illness.

Establishing Accountability to Reduce Job Loss After Injury or Illness

National Online Dialogue  |  June 22 – October 9, 2015

The SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative, hosted by DOL’s ODEP, invited participants to provide input on how to reduce the number of working adults who lose their jobs or leave the workforce due to a health condition, and how to increase the number of people who receive the help they need to stay employed.

Expanding Access to Evidence-Based, Early Intervention SAW/RTW Services and Supports

National Online Dialogue  |  June 22 – October 9, 2015

The SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative invited participants to comment on policy recommendations for expanding timely access to SAW/RTW services and supports.

Connecting with Families: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

National Online Dialogue  |  January 22 – February 11, 2015

This national online dialogue, hosted by the LEAD Center and DOL’s ODEP, explored how ABLE accounts can be used to advance employment and financial self-sufficiency for youth and adults with disabilities.

Increasing Communication and Collaboration around Section 508 within the Federal Procurement Community

National Online Dialogue  |  October 21 – November 14, 2014

DOL’s ODEP and the Vendor Outreach/Acquisition Subcommittee of the CIO Council’s Accessibility Community of Practice sought ideas from the procurement community, as well as success stories and effective practices, in dealing with issues and roadblocks regarding Section 508 implementation.

Understanding and Conforming with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

National Online Dialogue  |  October 21 – November 14, 2014

DOL’s ODEP and the Vendor Outreach/Acquisition Subcommittee of the CIO Council’s Accessibility Community of Practice asked federal contractors for their ideas on how the Federal Government can improve communication with industry about Section 508 requirements and increase compliance.

State Governments: What Can We Do?

National Online Dialogue  |  August 4 – August 18, 2014

State government disability employment, human resources and diversity professionals, as well as all others with insight into disability employment, were invited by DOL’s ODEP to share new or innovative approaches to hiring, retaining and advancing individuals with disabilities.

Encouraging People with Disabilities to Pursue Careers in STEM

National Online Dialogue  |  July 28 – August 8, 2014

Hosted by DOL’s ODEP and the National Council on Disability (NCD), participants contributed their ideas on how to increase the number of people with disabilities pursuing STEM careers; ensure careers in these fields are open to all; and suggestions on how to ensure successful employment outcomes in these fields.

Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media—The Tech Perspective

National Online Dialogue  |  May 12 – June 13, 2014

Hosted by DOL’s ODEP and NCD, this second in a series of three dialogues on social media accessibility reviewed ideas from the first and developed creative ways social media companies could integrate those ideas into the design and development of social media online tools and apps.

2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Theme Ideas

National Online Dialogue  |  March 24 – March 31, 2014

Participants submitted slogans or taglines reminding everyone of the valuable skills and talents that people with disabilities bring to the workplace, which were used to help develop DOL ODEP’s 2014 NDEAM theme.

Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media—The User Experience

National Online Dialogue  |  March 17 – April 4, 2014

This first in a series of three dialogues on social media accessibility provided DOL’s ODEP and NCD with information to understand the role of social media in the lives of people with disabilities and identify creative ways people with disabilities deal with a variety of accessibility issues.

Improving the Accessibility of Online Tools for Workers with Intellectual Disabilities

National Online Dialogue  |  December 30, 2013 – January 10, 2014

DOL’s PEAT and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) used ideas from this dialogue to develop recommendations to help make online tools more accessible for people with intellectual disabilities who are seeking jobs or using the Internet to work.

Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI) Grantee

National Online Dialogue  |  November 18 – December 20, 2013

DOL’s ODEP and DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) asked, “What activities are you finding to be most beneficial in helping Veterans and Military families access transportation resources in your community?”

Improved Transportation Services in St. Lucie County

National Online Dialogue  |  November 4 – December 16, 2013

This dialogue was hosted as part of the VTCLI by St. Lucie County, FL and the FTA. Participants provided input on how to improve the availability, quality and efficiency of community transportation services.

Joining the Conversation for Change: What Can Employers Do?

National Online Dialogue  |  September 9 – September 13, 2013

In DOL ODEP’s second national online dialogue, employers, human resources and diversity professionals, and other interested stakeholders were asked, “What services do you need to facilitate the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities?”

Federal Partners in Transition

National Online Dialogue  |  May 13 – May 26, 2013

The first national online dialogue, hosted by DOL’s ODEP with the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration, examined the impact of existing federal regulations on the transition from school to work for youth with disabilities.

DOL combats labor trafficking by detecting and referring possible cases to law enforcement agencies, as well as assisting in computing back wages for victims, funding research and data collection, and providing employment and training services – focusing on industries with vulnerable workers and historically high rates of labor law violations. This dialogue was hosted by DOL’s OCI, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), ETA, OSHA, ODEP, WHD and the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (CFOI).