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Information for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Job seekers with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may be eligible to apply for non-competitive appointment under the Schedule A authority.  If this does not apply to you, please return to NASAJOBS for information about other employment opportunities.

What is the Schedule A Authority?

The Schedule A authority may be used to hire a person with an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability to fill a position for which the person is qualified and able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.  The Schedule A authority may be used to hire an individual on a permanent or temporary appointment.  An agency may hire an individual on a temporary appointment when the agency needs to determine whether the individual is likely to succeed in a particular position.  An individual hired on a temporary basis may be converted to a permanent appointment whenever the agency determines that the individual is able to successfully perform the job duties.

Am I eligible for appointment under Schedule A?

If you wish to be considered for appointment under the Schedule A authority, you must provide proof that you are an individual with an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability.  This proof must be provided to the agency before you can be hired.  Acceptable proof is appropriate documentation (e.g. records, statements, or other appropriate information) issued by:

    • A licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (State or private); OR
    • 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); OR
    • A Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory
      that issues or provides disability benefits (e.g., Social Security Administration).

How do I apply for appointment under the Schedule A authority at NASA?

Click HERE to apply for Schedule A appointments at NASA.  This announcement does not guarantee vacancies in specific jobs, grades, or locations or that you will be referred for positions.  To maximize your employment opportunities, we strongly encourage you to apply for specific NASA vacancies as they are posted on USAJOBS.

Where can I get more information about Federal employment of people with disabilities?

For more information, visit USAJOBS’s general information webpage on Individuals With Disabilities.

You may also contact a NASA Selective Placement Program Coordinator. For a list of NASA Selective Placement Program Coordinators, go to: Selective Placement Program Coordinators.