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SEC Disability Program

April 8, 2020

Schedule A Hiring Authority Overview

Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u), for hiring U.S. Citizens 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

SEC’s policy is to reasonably accommodate qualified persons with disabilities covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 when they request accommodations and such accommodations will not cause the SEC undue hardship. Under the Rehabilitation Act, the SEC must ensure equal opportunity for employees and applicants with disabilities, and also ensure that its programs and activities—including educational materials, public events, and information and computer technology (such as this website)—are accessible to people with disabilities. SEC buildings and facilities must be readily accessible to people with disabilities, including SEC employees and applicants with disabilities.

Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process

If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process at the SEC, please submit the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process.  Requests should be made as soon as possible and at least five (5) business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation, as feasible. Requests submitted less than five days in advance will be reviewed, but the timeframe for providing an accommodation may be impacted.

Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in SEC Public Programs

A member of the public may request an accommodation related to an SEC facility, program, or activity by submitting the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in SEC Public Programs or Activities.  Requests should be made as soon as possible and at least 10 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation, where feasible.  Requests submitted less than 10 days in advance will be reviewed, but the ability to provide a requested accommodation may be impacted.

Persons with disabilities can request an accommodation to allow participation in or benefit from SEC programs and activities that would not otherwise be accessible because of a disability.  Employees with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs, participate in programs and enjoy the benefits of employment. For detailed information about SEC’s Accommodation Procedures for employees and applicants for employment, see SEC’s policy SEC Accommodation Procedures.

Personal Assistance Services

At the SEC, we offer Personal Assistance Services (PAS) as a reasonable accommodation to enable qualified employees with targeted disabilities to perform their essential job functions.  For many individuals with targeted disabilities, PAS can be essential to making employment possible. PAS provides skilled care on a case-by-case basis to qualified employees to access otherwise inaccessible aspects of the job or personal care. PAS helps individuals who, because of targeted disabilities, require assistance to perform basic activities of daily living that would otherwise prevent them from full participation in employment. These services however, do not include medical care or the administration of medicine. 

PAS might include, but are not limited to assistance with the following tasks:

·        Assistance with removing and putting on clothing

·        Eating

·        Using the restroom

·        Retrieving materials out of reach

·        Providing travel assistance for an employee with a mobility impairment


The process for requesting PAS, the process for determining whether such services are required, and the agency’s right to deny such requests when provisions of the services pose an undue hardship, are the same as for requesting other reasonable accommodations.  An employee with a targeted disability may request PAS by sending an email to



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 Methods for Contacting the Disability Program at SEC

For information concerning the SEC Reasonable Accommodation Program, individuals may contact the Disability Program Officer (DPO) at

You may contact the SEC Disability Program using Video Relay Service at 202-559-5087


Accessibility at SEC

If you have any questions or want to provide any informal feedback about the accessibility of SEC Facilities, contact the SEC’s Disability Program Manager at 


If you believe you may need an accommodation because of a disability in order to access information on or to use this website or other web accessibility problems, contact to request one.

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