The People with Disabilities Program (PWD) ensures that people with disabilities have equal Federal employment opportunities. The FAA actively recruits, hires, promotes, retains, develops, and advances people with disabilities.
The Secretary of Transportation has set a hiring goal of three (3) percent per fiscal year for individuals with targeted (severe) disabilities.
Targeted disabilities are those disabilities that the federal government, as a matter of policy, has identified for special emphasis in recruitment and hiring. The targeted disabilities are:
Individuals with targeted disabilities have the greatest difficulty obtaining employment. This is the only protected group for which Federal agencies may have a hiring goal.
The "On-the-Spot" special appointment authority is a non-competitive hiring method for filling vacancies for people with disabilities. Full benefits are awarded to the non-competitive appointee.
Managers can choose to fill an open position through the On-the-Spot hiring process. The Office of Civil Rights National People with Disabilities Program Manager and Human Resource Management Selective Placement Coordinators share non-competitive position descriptions with a broad network of disability employment collaborators to recruit qualified applicants with disabilities.
An applicant wishing to be hired through the non-competitive process should be prepared to provide his or her résumé, references, and academic transcripts. They are also required to provide documentation pertaining to the existence of a disability.
This documentation is similar to the Proof of Disability/Certification of Job Readiness required for Schedule A Employment policies used by other Federal Government agencies. Certification of Job Readiness states that the applicant is likely to succeed in the performance of the duties of the position for which he or she is applying.
The disability certification and job readiness certification must be on the author's professional letterhead stationary, and can come from:
The official disability and job readiness certification letter must state the following:
It is our policy to ensure that individuals with disabilities have full access to equal employment opportunities at FAA, and to comply fully with the reasonable accommodation requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendments. Our reasonable accommodation policy is available in FAA Order 1400.12 and DOT Order 1011.1.
All requests for accommodation throughout the application and/or interview process should be directed to the Human Resources Specialist listed on the vacancy announcement for the job you are applying for.
An applicant may request a reasonable accommodation orally or in writing. However, oral requests can be followed by a written confirmation of a request. An applicant with a disability may also request reasonable accommodation through a family member, health professional, or other designated representative.
The FAA may ask the applicant to provide reasonable information/documentation about the functional impairment and the request for reasonable accommodation. The law requires that medical information/documentation related to the reasonable accommodation process remain confidential. Therefore, medical documentation is filed separate and apart from an applicant's personnel file. Failure to submit properly requested information/documentation may result in denial of the request for reasonable accommodation.
FAA People with Disabilities Program Manager
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