Who is Eligible to apply for the “People with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD)” On-the-Spot Hiring Authority?

To be eligible for non-competitive appointments, a person with Mental Retardation, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric Disabilities must:

  • have documentation from 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); 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.

Documentation Required: The documentation must be on official stationery/letterhead and must state the following:

  • The applicant is disabled as defined in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and
  • Proof of Disability: An individual wishing to be hired under the FAA on the spot hiring authority for persons with disabilities (Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) must provide proof he or she is indeed an individual with mental retardation, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This proof must be provided to the hiring agency before an individual can be hired, and
  • Certification of Job Readiness: An individual hired under this authority must be ready to perform the job for which they are being considered. This certification is a statement that the individual is likely to succeed in the performance of the duties of the position for which he or she is applying. For instance, the certification of job readiness for an individual applying for a position as an Administrative Assistant or an Accountant may state that the "individual is likely to succeed performing work in an office environment." This certification of job readiness may be obtained from the same individuals that provided the proof of disability. The certification may be on the same documentation as the proof of disability or it may be a separate document, and
  • The applicant is physically qualified to do the work without hazard to self or to others.