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Vocational Rehabilitation Program Recognizes Outstanding Partners

Two organizations are being recognized for their outstanding partnership with the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Eid Passport of Hillsboro received the Employer of the Year Award. The Portland Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Program was named the recipient of the Partner of the Year Award. The statewide awards were announced by Oregon Department of Human Services Director Erinn Kelley-Siel at the Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Annual In-service on August 13, 2014 in Salem.

Eid Passport – Employer of the Year

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Eid Passport, Inc.  From left to right: Jim Robell, President; Lynda Van Doran, Diversity Inclusion Manager; Cathy Sturtevant, Vice-President, Human Resources.​ 

“We accept this award on behalf of all companies that support Vocational Rehabilitation and recognize the genius in each person by employing people with disabilities and making accommodations for people with disabilities,” said Jim Robell, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eid Passport.

Eid Passport integrates leading edge products and services into solutions that combine identity authentication, background screening, and identity management. Its programs enable highly secure facilities such as military installations, government buildings, manufacturing and distribution sites, ports, and commercial buildings to increase security and streamline access for authorized personnel.

Eid Passport works with the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to hire qualified candidates for their growing company.  Eid Passport has sponsored and participated in Live Resume and Meet Business/Industry events, Tapping Fresh Talent Career Fairs and other community diversity events.

As a federal contractor, Eid Passport reaches out to veterans programs as well as agencies serving people with disabilities. The company has more than 300 employees with 11 percent who are veterans and 18 percent who are individuals with a disability.

“People are people. We all want to be treated equally and we also want a chance to display talent. We’re a company that’s looking for great talent,” said Lynda Van Dorn, Diversity Inclusion Manager.

Portland Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Program (OFCCP) - Partner of the Year

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U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Program, Portland Area Office, From left to right: Aleksandra Snyder, Compliance Officer; Mary Sneed-Royston, Area Office Director; Wil Gobert, Compliance Officer​ ​

Over the past two years, OFCCP has proposed and implemented policy and plans that support Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding the employment of people with disabilities and veterans.
The OFCCP staff proactively reached out to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to create a partnership to fulfill its mission to enforce - for the benefit of job seekers and the employed - the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the federal government.  

“Our jobs are about equal opportunity but Vocational Rehabilitation really is the frontline and the trailblazer in working with people with disabilities and ensuring there are employment opportunities. We’re honored to work with the Vocational Rehabilitation team and share that common goal,” said Wil Gobert, Compliance Officer.

The partnership was forged in late 2012 and in 2013 began implementing strategies by convening federal contractors in two sessions that included disability awareness training and an opportunity to meet staff from both organizations. More than 80 federal contractors participated. OFCCP staff continues referring individual contractors to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program for training and employee recruitment.

“Vocational Rehabilitation has been an important part of meeting our outreach goals for employing people with disabilities at the local, regional and national levels. We’re honored to be partnering with them,” said Mary Sneed-Royston, Portland Area Office Director. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​