Labor Dept. Pitching Database That Connects Employers With Disabled Job Seekers

By Susan Jones | December 6, 2012 | 5:21 AM EST

A job applicant listens to a recruiter at a job fair in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo)

( - The Obama administration, with an eye on returning war veterans, has set up a database listing contact information for 3,000 ready-for-hire job candidates with disabilities.

The 2013 Workforce Recruitment Program is described as resource for employers seeking a diverse workforce that includes employees with disabilities.

The database contains profiles of postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans, representing a wide variety of academic backgrounds and degree levels, the Labor Department announced on Wednesday.

Candidates who are seeking summer employment as well as recent graduates looking for regular full-time positions have been interviewed and pre-screened by federal recruiters and are available for hire by federal agencies and private companies worldwide.

"These students and recent graduates represent some of our nation's top talent. They have proven themselves academically and are now eager to demonstrate their skills and gain experience in the workplace," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.

More than 20 federal government agencies regularly use the database as a recruiting source, and since 1995, more than 6,500 students have found federal jobs because of it.

The Labor Department says the database is a "natural support" for President Obama's executive order to increase federal employment of people with disabilities.

The database was assembled by the Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy, in collaboration with the Defense Department's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity.