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1 The Schedule A Hiring Authority
Federal Employment Possibilities for Individuals with Disabilities

2 Schedule A Hiring I don’t know the first thing about getting a Federal job!!! What do I do?! Where do I start?!

3 Schedule A Hiring
You need to know what you like to do and what you won’t do. Do you like to work outside or inside, with people or with things, etc. ONET website

4 Schedule A Hiring You need to find out what types of federal jobs are available.

5 Schedule A USA JOBS Website posts all jobs for federal employment.
USAJOBS has a Resource link to find out about types of jobs, federal agencies, benefits, etc.

6 Federal Occupational Groups
Professional – Positions whose primary duty requires knowledge or experience of an administrative, clerical, scientific, artistic, or technical nature and is not related to trade, craft, or manual labor work. Trade, Craft, or Labor − Positions whose primary duty involves the performance of physical work and requires knowledge or experience of a trade, craft, or manual labor nature.

7 Professional Occupations
Miscellaneous Occupations Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare Human Resources Management General Administrative, Clerical, and Office Services Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Accounting and Budget Medical, Hospital, Dental, and Public Health

8 Professional Occupations
Veterinary Medical Science Engineering and Architecture Legal and Kindred Information and Arts Business and Industry Copyright, Patent, and Trademark Physical Sciences Library and Archives Mathematical Sciences Equipment, Facilities, and Services

9 Professional Occupations
Education Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance Quality Assurance, Inspection, and Grading Supply Transportation Information Technology

10 Trade, Craft or Labor Wire Communications Equipment Installation and Maintenance Electronic Equipment Installation and Maintenance Electrical Installation and Maintenance Fabric and Leather Work Instrument Work Machine Tool Work General Services and Support Work

11 Trade, Craft or Labor Structural and Finishing Work Metal Processing
Metal Work Motion Picture, Radio, Television, and Sound Equipment Operation Lens and Crystal Work Painting and Paperhanging Plumbing and Pipefitting Pliable Materials Work

12 Trade, Craft or Labor Printing Family Wood Work
General Maintenance and Operations Work General Equipment Maintenance Plant and Animal Work Miscellaneous Occupations Industrial Equipment Maintenance Industrial Equipment Operation

13 Trade, Craft or Labor Transportation/Mobile Equipment Operation
Transportation/Mobile Equipment Maintenance Ammunition, Explosives, and Toxic Materials Work Armament Work Packing and Processing Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Pressing

14 Trade, Craft or Labor Food Preparation and Serving Personal Services
Fluid Systems Maintenance Engine Overhaul Aircraft Overhaul Film Processing

15 Federal Careers For Students The Pathways Programs
Internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service Choose a Federal career path that best describes you and where you are in your academics

16 Pathways Programs Internship Program: For current students in high school to graduate level, PAID opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Recent Graduates Program: For individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs, training & mentorship.

17 Pathways Programs Presidential Management Fellows Program Leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. For individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years.

18 Schedule A President Obama’s Executive Order 13548 of July 26, 2010
-Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals With Disabilities -Goal of 2% Federal workforce needs to represented by people with disabilities.

19 Schedule A Schedule A- appointing authority, or hiring authority. It is an Excepted Service appointment for persons with disabilities. The regulations guiding the Excepted Service -- Appointment of Persons with Disabilities and Career and Career- Conditional Appointment are found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The citation is 5 CFR § (u).

20 Schedule A An Individual with a disability: A person who (1) has a physical impairment or mental impairment (psychiatric or cognitive disability) that substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities; (2) has a record of such impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. This definition is provided by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,29 U.S.C. 701 et. seq., as amended.

21 Disability Defined An individual can qualify for federal hiring under Schedule A if their disability falls under one of the following categories: - Targeted/Severe - Other Disabilities Self Identification of Disability Form SF 256

22 Disability Defined Part I. Targeted/Severe Disabilities Hearing 18 - Total deafness in both ears (with or without understandable speech) Vision 21 - Blind (inability to read ordinary size print, not correctable by glasses, or no usable vision, beyond light perception)

23 Disability Defined Missing Extremities 30 - Missing extremities (missing one arm or leg, both hands or arms, both feet or legs, one hand or arm and one foot or leg, one hand or arm and both feet or legs, both hands or arms and one foot or leg, or both hands or arms and both feet or legs)

24 Disability Defined Partial Paralysis 69 - Partial paralysis (because of a brain, nerve or muscle impairment, including palsy and cerebral palsy, there is some loss of ability to move or use a part of the body, including both hands; any part of both arms or legs; one side of the body, including one arm and one leg; and/or three or more major body parts)

25 Disability Defined Complete Paralysis 79 - Because of a brain, nerve or muscle impairment, including palsy and cerebral palsy, there is a complete loss of ability to move or use a part of the body, including both hands; one or both arms or legs; the lower half of the body; one side of the body, including one arm and one leg; and/or three or more major body parts

26 Disability Defined Other Impairments (Severe) 82 - Epilepsy 90 - Severe intellectual disability 91 - Psychiatric disability 92 - Dwarfism

27 Disability Defined Part II. Other Disabilities
Hearing Conditions 15 - Hearing impairment/hard of hearing Vision Conditions 22 - Visual impairments (e.g., tunnel or monocular vision or blind in one eye)

28 Disability Defined Physical Conditions 26 - Missing extremities (one hand or one foot) 40 - Mobility impairment (e.g., cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, congenital hip defects, etc.) 41 - Spinal abnormalities (e.g., spina bifida, scoliosis)

29 Disability Defined Physical Conditions (cont) 44 - Non-paralytic orthopedic impairments: chronic pain, stiffness, weakness in bones or joints, some loss of ability to use part or parts of the body 51 - HIV Positive/AIDS

30 Disability Defined Physical Conditions (cont) 52 - Morbid obesity
61 - Partial paralysis of one hand, arm, foot, leg, or any part there of 70 - Complete paralysis of one hand 80 - Cardiovascular/heart disease with or without restriction or limitation on activity; a history of heart problems w/complete recovery

31 Disability Defined 84 - Diabetes
Physical Conditions (Cont) 83 - Blood diseases (e.g., sickle cell anemia, hemophilia) 84 - Diabetes 86 - Pulmonary or respiratory conditions (e.g., tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema, etc.) 87 - Kidney dysfunction (e.g., required dialysis) 88 - Cancer (present or past history)

32 Disability Defined Physical Conditions (cont)
93 - Disfigurement of face, hands, or feet (such as those caused by burns or gunshot wounds) and noticeable gross facial birthmarks 95 - Gastrointestinal disorders (e.g., Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, celiac disease, dysphexia, etc.) 98 - History of alcoholism

33 Disability Defined Speech/Language/Learning Conditions
13 - Speech impairment - includes impairments of articulation (unclear language sounds), fluency (stuttering), voice (with normal hearing), dysphasia, or history of laryngectomy 94 - Learning disability - a disorder in one or more of the processes involved in understanding, perceiving, or using language or concepts (spoken or written) (e.g., dyslexia, ADD/ADHD)

34 Disability Defined Other Options
01 - I do not wish to identify my disability status. (Please read the notes on the next page.) (Note: Your personnel officer may use this code if, in his or her judgment, you used an incorrect code.) 05 - I do not have a disability. 06 - I have a disability, but it is not listed on this form.

35 Schedule A Hiring The Schedule A Hiring Authority is:
Excepted Service – Appointment of Persons with Disabilities. Bypasses competitive USAJOBS process. When applying for Federal employment, Schedule A certifies that the person has a disability (Certificate or Proof of Disability) AND the person has the capabilities to perform the essential duties or functions of a specific position (Certificate of Job Readiness).

36 Schedule A Certificate of Disability is a letter from an approved source that provides documentation or proof of disability for Federal agency. In most cases, the letter is enough documentation for the Federal agency to verify proof of disability, although some agencies may request actual medical information. Job Readiness Certification is a determination that an applicant with a disability is likely to succeed in the performance of the essential duties or functions for the position he or she is seeking.

37 Schedule A Legitimate sources of the Proof of Disability & Certification of Job Readiness Letter(s): A licensed medical professional (i.e. physician or other medical professional duly certified by a state, District of Columbia, or U.S. territory to practice medicine) Licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (federal, state or private) OVR COUNSELOR Any federal agency, state agency, or agency of District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits

(Must be on official letterhead and must include a signature) DATE:  FROM:   TO (Agency): This letter serves as certification that (name of patient/applicant) is an individual with a severe physical, intellectual, or psychological disability that qualifies him/her for consideration under 5 CFR (u), Schedule A hiring authority, appointment for Persons with Disabilities. (Name of patient/applicant) is also job ready and is likely to succeed in performing the duties of the (position he/she is seeking). I may be contacted at (authorized representative): (Printed Name) (Signature) Organization Address, city, state/Phone

39 Schedule A *Federal agencies may give individuals a Temporary Appointment in order to determine the applicant’s job readiness, in lieu of Job Readiness Certification. If or when the individuals prove themselves capable of performing the essential functions, the Federal agency may convert an individual to a time-limited or permanent appointment, at any time during the temporary appointment.

40 Schedule A Temporary Appointment: Positions not expected to last more than 1 year. An additional 1-year extension is possible. Normally, the duties of the position do not require it to be filled on a permanent basis. Certificate of Job Readiness, not necessary. When an agency determines person is job ready, agency may move to time-limited or permanent appointment. If person cannot perform duties, must be separated from position.

41 Schedule A Time-limited Appointment: Position is more than 1 year, not to exceed 4 years. Duties of the position do not require it to be filled on a permanent basis. The individual must have both certificates (Certificate of Disability & Job Readiness Certification).

42 Schedule A Permanent Appointment: The noncompetitive conversion of individuals occurs after the individual serves at least 2 years under a time-limited or permanent appointment. Must have Proof of Disability and Job Readiness certificates. Goal is to permit these individuals to obtain “Civil Service Competitive Status.” This competitive status is obtained through conversion to competitive service rather than remaining in the excepted service.

43 Schedule A Federal Resumes Unlike resumes for non-federal jobs.
Need to be very long with extensive details of an individual’s skills. Can be several pages, the more the better. Why?

44 Resources Rob Hodapp- 814-451-5421
– To search for and apply for Federal jobs. – O’NET to research occupation descriptions. -OVR website

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