To apply under this announcement, you must be an individual with a disability or disabilities. Persons with disabilities may be eligible for a Schedule A appointment. Persons with disabilities may have a disability classified as a severe intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability. To be eligible for consideration for a Schedule A appointment, you must have:
- The knowledge, skills, and abilities to qualify for the position that you are interested in applying for (in resume form)
- "Proof of disability"*, and
- Certification of job readiness.*
*You can obtain "proof of disability" and certification of job readiness from one of the following options:
- Licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or 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.
Both topics are usually addressed in one short letter.
If you would like more information on your rights as an individual with a disability, consult the Federal Employment of People with Disabilities website at: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities.
Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled. You may review the qualification requirements at the following website: Qualification Standards.
Positions will require the applicant to pass a physical examination related to the position being filled.
Federal Agencies are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities. For more information on how to request reasonable accommodations, visit the following website: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reasonable-accommodations/
Many positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
We must determine qualification based solely on information provided in your resume. We do not accept separate qualification statements, so we encourage you to ensure that your resume fully reflects your background and competencies.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)
Applicants must submit proof of disability and certification of job readiness.
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
- Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
- New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
- Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
- Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
- Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the possible position(s) that need to be filled. A human resources specialist will validate the qualification of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.