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

Release Date: Wednesday – August 2, 2023
Archive Episode 120 Resources: Federal Government Schedule A Program and Hiring Workers with Disabilities

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. This episode includes information and resources for workers with disabilities, Federal employers, and employment service providers.

Our guests for this episode, 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.


Moderator and Host: Pam Williamson, Assistant Project Director of the Southeast ADA Center


Learn about the Federal Schedule A Hiring Authority

Reasonable Accommodations and Federal Employment

  • Information and Resources on the Reasonable Accommodation Process
    Source: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Selective Placement Program Coordinator
    Selective placement program coordinators (SPPC) help agencies recruit, hire and accommodate people with disabilities. The SPPC can guide you through the application process and answer questions. Most federal agencies, but not all, have an SPPC or equivalent role, such as a special emphasis program manager. If you are a person with a disability and interested in a federal job opportunity, contact the agency SPPC using the Selective Placement Program Coordinator Directory.
    Source: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)
    Computers, other assistive technology and services are available for Federal government employees with disabilities who need job accommodations. (Note: Before contacting CAP directly, check with the Disability Program Manager (DPM) or Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC), as they may already have a relationship with CAP.)
    Source: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Federal Employer Job Accommodation Resources
    Information and resources about job accommodations, the ADA, and employment of people with disabilities.
    Source: Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Recent ADA Live Podcasts and Resources on Employment Rights

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Source: Southeast ADA Center

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