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Schedule A Employment with the Federal Government
INFORMATION ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HIRING OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
For those of you interested in working for the Federal
Government, here is some information you may find useful.
According to the Federal Office of Personnel Management,
“disability” is defined as a permanent, severe, physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or a history of
such impairment. Disabilities may
include psychiatric disorders, muscular or neurological limitations, and invisible
disabilities such as lupus, fibromyalgia, AIDS, diabetes, epilepsy, heart
disease, and asthma. Individuals with
disabilities can be eligible for appointment through special hiring authorities
for the hiring of people with disabilities outlined by the Federal Government’s
Selective Placement programs as outlined by 5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u) (2006).
It seems everyone knows that you can find federal job
postings at usajobs.gov. You can also
find job postings at studentjobs.gov.
Individuals with disabilities can apply directly to the agency of
interest or contact the agency’s Selective Placement Coordinator (SPPC),
Special Emphasis Manager (SEP), or equivalent position to be considered for
jobs. SPPCs/SEPs are usually located in
the Human Resources or Equal Employment Opportunity office of each Federal
agency. One of the main responsibilities
of the SPPC/SEP is to help persons with disabilities get information about
current job opportunities and how these jobs are filled. (A directory of Selective Placement Program
Coordinators can be found here: http://apps.opm.gov/sppc_directory/) Applicants wishing to be considered under the
aforementioned special authorities should indicate “5 CFR 213.3102(u)” on their
resumes for both application methods.
Eligibility for consideration under Schedule A is determined
by proof of disability documentation and certification of job readiness. The certification of job readiness is a
determination that the applicant with disabilities is likely to succeed in the
performance of the duties of the position he or she is seeking. Both the proof of disability documentation
and certification of job readiness can come from the same source, often a
licensed medical professional, licensed state or private Vocational
Rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal or State agency that issues or
provides disability benefits. (PLEASE
NOTE: Individual agencies have the discretion to decide from which entities
they will accept certification of job readiness.) In some cases, individuals who can provide
proof of disability but not certification of job readiness can be placed in a
temporary appointment in order to determine the applicant’s job readiness in
lieu of certification.
For more information regarding Federal employment of
individuals with disabilities, please visit the Office of Personnel
Management’s website devoted to this topic, http://www.opm.gov/disability.