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Episode 120: Federal Government Schedule A Program and Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Wednesday – August 2, 2023


Laura Taylor
Laura Taylor
Affirmative Employment and Special Emphasis Program Manager for Disability Employment and Veterans Portfolio, in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Workplace Equity (OEEOWE)
Sandra Williams
Sandra Williams
Human Resources Office (HRO), Client Services Office (CSO) Special Hiring Program Team Chief


Did you know that the federal government is America’s largest employer? According to information published in May 2023 by the General Services Administration: “More than 4 million Americans—including more than 2.1 million Federal civilian employees—work for our Federal Government, both at home and overseas.” (Source: Strengthening and Empowering the Federal Workforce.)

In this episode of ADA Live! we discuss the Schedule A hiring Authority, a program the federal government has in place to recruit and hire employees with disabilities. This program allows federal agencies to hire qualified employees with disabilities without requiring them to go through a long hiring process. Schedule A hiring applies to all federal jobs.

Our guests, Laura Taylor, Affirmative Employment Program Specialist, and Sandy Williams, Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, are with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Laura and Sandy will explain how the Schedule A program helps qualified workers with disabilities find jobs with the federal government. This episode also includes information and resources for workers with disabilities, Federal employers, and employment service providers.


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