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Disability Hiring

Removing barriers to the employment of people with disabilities.

At the Census Bureau, we are committed to seeking employment opportunities for all and understand the value and talent that people with disabilities offer America’s workforce.  The Selective Placement Program’s mission is to encourage the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for an interview, such as interpreting services, please contact the Reasonable Accommodations Branch at hrd.accommodations@census.gov.

Schedule A is a specialized hiring authority that allows federal hiring officials to noncompetitively appoint people with disabilities. These candidates must be qualified as meeting all of the job requirements. Prior to appointment, the candidate must furnish a Schedule A certification letter. The letter must state the individual has a disability and is eligible for hiring under this authority. Candidates may obtain such letters from their local vocational rehabilitation agency or licensed practitioner. Links to The Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Self-Identification of Disability form and sample Schedule A letter are provided below.

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Applying to the Selective Placement Program

In order to be considered for non-competitive positions:

  • Submit an updated resume with cover letter stating the job series you wish to be considered.
  • Provide a copy of your Schedule A letter signed by a vocational rehabilitation counselor or licensed practitioner.
  • Attach a copy of your transcripts, if applicable.
  • E-mail all documents to census.schedule.a.hiring@census.gov.

Once your information is entered into our database, you will receive an e-mail notification. Resumes will be accessible to all Census Bureau hiring managers that wish to fill their vacancies noncompetitively.

Applying on USAJobs

As a person with a disability/s, you are eligible to apply for internal Merit Promotion (MP) announcements. In addition to your resume, you will need to submit your Schedule A letter.

When applying, ensure that you respond to the eligibility question correctly. For example, "Are you eligible for a noncompetitive appointment under a Special Appointing Authority?" Answer: "Persons with Disabilities, Schedule A."

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The Reasonable Accommodation Program is committed to facilitating  reasonable accommodations for individuals with permanent or temporary disabilities. Programs we manage include:

  • Reasonable Accommodations
  • Sign Language Interpreting and Captioning Service
  • Scooter Loaner Program
  • Accessible (A) Reserved Parking

An applicant or someone acting on their behalf (family member, health professional, or other representative) may submit a request for reasonable accommodations when coming to the Census Bureau for an interview. This request must be submitted to the Reasonable Accommodations Program.

The request for reasonable accommodations must contain:

  • Applicant’s name.
  • Applicant’s phone number.
  • Department/interviewer’s contact information at the Census Bureau.
  • Initial date of request (if different from date info submitted in writing [include explanation]).
  • Description of accommodation(s) requested by applicant.

For your convenience, you may complete the attached version of the CD 575. The information may be sent via e-mail to the Reasonable Accommodations Program at hrd.accommodations@census.gov.

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Page Last Revised - August 3, 2022
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