Re-Categorization of Disability Codes

Office of Human Capital Management and Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

TO: NASA Workforce
FROM: Assistant Administrator, Office of Human Capital Management and
Associate Administrator, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity
SUBJECT: Re-Categorization of Disability Codes

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently re-categorized the disability codes for specific disabilities and conditions. New codes have been created to more accurately reflect what is reported. Therefore, even if you have previously identified your disability status, the information may no longer be accurate.

All employees are strongly encouraged to visit Employee Express to review and update their information.

Why is this important? This information helps NASA to provide accurate demographic data as required by OPM and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Further, it allows NASA to measure progress towards reaching Federal workforce representation goals for individuals with disabilities and supporting Presidential Executive Orders related to diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

Understandably, some of you may be hesitant to identify your disability status. However, you can be assured that all personally identifiable information, including disability status, is protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, and identification is strictly voluntary. Also, your information can only be accessed by NASA officials with a “need to know,” such as the staff in the NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO) and the NASA Office of Human Capital Management.

You may also review your race, ethnicity, as well as your disability data in Employee Express and make any necessary changes — it only takes a few minutes. Log into Employee Express ( and click on “Disability Update” to verify or update your status. You can also update other information, such as level of education, race, and ethnicity. Once you make and save your selections, you will see the updates when you login to Employee Express in the future.
Questions regarding NASA’s Disability Program or the disability codes can be directed to Rebecca Doroshenk, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, at (202)358-0038 or

Bob Gibbs
Assistant Administrator
Office of Human Capital Management

Stephen T. Shih
Associate Administrator
Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity