Utilizing Schedule A Authority to Apply Non-Competitively for a Job
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Office of Personnel Management's USAJobs Schedule A Video
Deaf in Government Schedule A Video
More information about Appointments of Persons with Disabilities (Schedule A)
OPM explains how individuals with disabilities can be recruited noncompetitively for federal jobs using excepted service appointing authorities. Two of these authorities are particularly relevant:
- A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u), is often used when hiring people with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. This excepted authority is used to appoint persons with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Such individuals may qualify for conversion to permanent status after two years of satisfactory service. Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy, dwarfism, and more.
- Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(11) for hiring readers, interpreters, and personal assistants. This excepted authority is used to appoint readers, interpreters, and personal assistants for employees with severe disabilities as reasonable accommodations.
Schedule A Regulation (specifically, 5 CFR Sec. 213.3102(u)), found at www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=88239b5a0f93df80ef45d9f5323e2665&mc=true&n=pt5.1.213&r=PART&ty=HTML