If you're an individual with a disability, you can apply and compete for any job for which you are eligible and meet the qualifications, but you also may be eligible for a special hiring authority.
The Federal Government hires each person using a hiring authority (the term comes from the Federal regulation that describes it). Federal agencies can use the Schedule A Hiring Authority to hire an individual with a disability.
Schedule A refers to a special hiring authority that gives Federal agencies an optional, and potentially quicker, way to hire individuals with disabilities. Applying under Schedule A offers an exception to the traditional competitive hiring process. You can apply for jobs using Schedule A, if you are a person with an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability.
To be eligible for Schedule A, you must provide a "proof of a disability" letter stating that you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability. You can get this letter from your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
Applying using "Schedule A" can be a great way to get a Federal job, but it is only one of many options that may be available and you still have to compete with other eligible applicants. Federal agencies hire people using many options, so applying under "Schedule A" does not guarantee you a job.
Mention your eligibility and that you want to be considered for "Schedule A" on your resume (and in your cover letter, if you use one).
If you're eligible for Schedule A, go to your profile and select the Individuals with disabilities hiring path and make your resume searchable. If your resume is searchable, agencies who are looking for people eligible under Schedule A, may be able to find you.
In the job announcement look for the This job is open to section. When a job is open to Individuals with a disability, you’ll see this icon: There may be other groups listed that can also apply.
You can also select the Individuals with disabilities filter in search. Your results will display all jobs open to individuals with disabilities.
Selective Placement Program Coordinators (SPPC) help agencies recruit, hire, and accommodate people with disabilities. The SPPC can guide you through the application process and answer questions. Most federal agencies, but not all, have an SPPC or equivalent role, such as a Special Emphasis Program Manager.
If you are a person with a disability and interested in a job opportunity, contact the agency SPPC using the Selective Placement Program Coordinator directory
Federal agencies are required by law to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities, unless doing so will result in undue hardship to the agency. The accommodations make it easier for an employee, with a disability, to successfully perform the duties of the position. For example, an agency may offer:
You can request reasonable accommodations any time during the hiring process or at any time while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
To request a reasonable accommodation:
A disability letter from you doctor or a licensed medical professional that proves your eligibility for Schedule A appointment
You can upload and save documents to your USAJOBS account. Once uploaded, you can submit these forms with your job application as needed. Sign into USAJOBS or learn how to upload documents.