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What is Schedule A, and how is it used to hire people?

Excepted service appointing authorities are critical tools for increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the Federal Government. One of the authorities under Schedule A hiring  is often used for the appointment of individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities [Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u)]. As there are two types of hiring processes in the Federal Government (non-competitive and competitive), in the non-competitive hiring process, an agency can use this Schedule A authority to hire persons with disabilities without requiring them to compete for the job. For additional information about the Schedule A hiring authority, you can visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/faqs/, or you can email Recruiter@hhs.gov with Schedule A Inquiry in the subject line.

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Content last reviewed on August 13, 2015