About Us

Who are the hosts of this online dialogue?

U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) mission is to coordinate with U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) agencies on best practices and innovations for compliance assistance in order to develop new compliance initiatives, novel approaches to incentivizing compliance, and materials for agency staff on compliance strategies.

U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and a number of other statutes and employment standards and worker protections.

U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. As part of USDOL, ODEP promotes the adoption and implementation of policy strategies and effective practices that will impact the employment of people with disabilities. ODEP's approach is to drive systems and practice changes by disseminating ODEP policy strategies and effective practices, sharing information, and providing technical assistance to government agencies, service providers and non-governmental entities, as well as public and private employers.

What are the SEED ePolicyWorks Online Dialogues?

Launched by ODEP, the State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) helps state and local governments develop and implement meaningful policies and best practices that lead to increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and a stronger, more inclusive workforce and economy. SEED is a unique state-federal collaboration that promotes the widespread adoption of disability employment policies through an innovative model built upon partnerships with organizations that represent state legislative and administrative bodies.

To further engage stakeholders, build relationships, and inform USDOL policymaking efforts, SEED leverages its ePolicyWorks online dialogues. Brought to you through the use of leading-edge crowdsourcing tools, these online dialogues are interactive platforms of collaboration. They enable ODEP to work with their partners to enlist the public's input on key policy issues related to the employment of people with disabilities by channeling the brainpower of our federal partners, state policymakers, disability advocacy organizations and employer groups, service providers, and other key stakeholders. To learn more about past dialogues, visit the ePolicyWorks Online Dialogue Library.

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