How to Use Schedule A Hiring Authority to Obtain Federal Employment
Posted 11/11/2017 8:55 AM by Jayson Gleneck
This Disability and Employment CoP Blog is adapted from the U.S. Department of Labor Blog devoted to Schedule A Hiring Authority.
On July 30, 2 010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13548 promoting the increased recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities in the Federal Government. The order called for 100,000 people with disabilities to be hired over the next 5 years with the intent of impacting high unemployment levels for job seekers with disabilities and providing opportunity for those who have dropped out of the workforce altogether. There are approximately 54 million individuals of working age with disabilities with only 19.8% participating in the labor force compared to 68.3% without disabilities as of March 2015. Of those in the labor force, 11.7% are unemployed compared to 5.3% without a disability.
As the largest employer in the nation, Federal Government employment should be a consideration for any job seeker with or without a disability. Schedule A hiring authority allows for excepted appointments of individuals with significant physical, psychiatric, and intellectual disabilities, with the potential for conversion to permanent status within two years. Further, Schedule A provides excepted authority obtaining readers, interpreters, and personal assistants for people with severe disabilities as a reasonable accommodation.
There are numerous resources available to the job seeker with a disability and the hiring agency official through the on-line application portal at USAJobs and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) website.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also published the “ABCs of Schedule A" that is specifically targeted to the user, such as hiring official, human resources, job seeker, service provider, and disability specialist, to walk them through issues or requirements under Schedule A .
Schedule A streamlines the hiring process and facilitates the federal employment of job seekers with a qualifying disability.