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Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities



Individuals with a disability (Schedule A)
Federal Employment Program with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities (including severe physical disabilities, developmental disabilities and psychiatric disabilities) are eligible for excepted service positions within the federal government and are eligible to apply non-competitively to the agencies' merit promotion announcements.

In order to be found eligible to apply to a merit promotion announcement based on a disability (Schedule A) you must have been certified by counselors of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies or the Department of Veterans Affairs as having a severe disability and as likely to succeed in the performance of the position duties.

If you are applying based upon disability (Schedule A) eligibility, at the time of application, you must submit a copy of a letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying your eligibility for appointment and your ability to perform the essential duties of the job.

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Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments

For a complete list of the primary appointing authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments:

This site includes information on the following topics:

  • Direct-Hire Authorities
  • Competitive Examining
  • Current and Former Competitive Employees
  • Appointments Leading to Non-competitive Conversion
  • Interchange Agreements with Other Merit Systems
  • Appointment of Foreign Service Employees
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Regulated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management


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