Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

Schedule A Hiring Authority for Individuals with Disabilities


Excepted service appointing authorities are critical tools for increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the Federal Government. Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u), is one of these authorities 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.

Eligibility Requirements

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. 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.

How to Apply to CMS

OPTION #1 - Consideration for a specific vacancy announcement

Eligible candidates who identify a position of interest via a vacancy announcement on www.USAJobs.gov may request non-competitive consideration outside of the traditional application process.  Candidates must submit an application package to the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement, with a subject line noting the Vacancy Announcement number.  (Ex. CMS-ABCD-DE-16-1234567)

The body of the email should include language requesting Schedule A Hiring Authority consideration for the position.

An application package MUST contain: 1) a detailed resume, 2) a Schedule A Letter, 3) transcripts (if positive education required or qualifying through education substitution), and 4) cover letter (optional).  

Failure to submit all required documentation or include the vacancy announcement number in the subject line will result in loss of consideration for the position.  Once applications are reviewed, a Human Resources Specialist will respond directly with a qualifications determination, and referral status (i.e. referred to hiring manger).  Separate emails are required for each position in which a candidate is requesting consideration.  

OPTION #2 - Consideration for a future CMS vacancies via the CMS Non-Competitive Resume Database

Eligible candidates may request to be included in the CMS Non-Competitive Resume Database.  This database is used to refer eligible candidates for vacant positions upon managerial request for specific skill sets.  Applications will remain active for a period of 6 months.  Candidates must submit an application package to CMSRecruitment@cms.hhs.gov, with the subject line “Schedule A Hiring Authority – [LAST NAME]”

The body of the email should include language requesting inclusion in the CMS Non-Competitive Resume Database.

An application package MUST contain: 1) a detailed resume, and 2) a Schedule A Letter.  

Failure to submit all required documentation will result in loss of consideration.  Once applications are reviewed, an Analyst will respond directly with receipt and eligibility confirmation.  

Please note: OPTION #1 and OPTION #2 may both be exercised by eligible candidates.  

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