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SEC Disability Program

June 30, 2016

Schedule A Hiring Authority Overview

Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u), for 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.


In order to be eligible for employment through the Schedule A non-competitive process, documentation of the disability is required. Such documentation is used to verify that the individual being hired is indeed a person with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This documentation must be provided to the hiring agency before an individual can be hired. Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

In addition, upon hiring, the individual with a disability or the agency Human Resource office should complete the Standard Form 256. The SF-256 includes the legal definition of disability and lists various disabilities, including several that are considered targeted disabilities.

Applicants and employees with disabilities may also use the SF-256 to voluntarily identify their particular disability for data collection purposes only, even if they are not seeking to establish eligibility under Schedule A. Data captured from the SF-526 is used to compile the disability demographics of Federal agencies. This data is crucial for agencies to determine how well or poorly they are achieving their disability hiring goals.

SEC Job Opportunities

The SEC enables people with various disabilities to have access to employment opportunities and public programs equivalent to that of non-disabled people.

If you’re interested in Schedule A opportunities at the SEC, please contact the SPCC at

Reasonable Accommodations

If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation for disability to participate in the application process at the SEC view our SEC Accommodation Procedure and/or contact us at at least 5 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation.


For information about federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of disability, see information provided by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at

Alternate Method for Contacting the Disability Program at SEC

Send all required information for your request via Facsimile transmission to 202.777.1034.

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