Schedule A Hiring Authority and Hiring Process

Getting Started with a Special Appointing Authority

Recruiting people with disabilities is an important part of our hiring process at the IRS, and those with severe physical disabilities may choose to use the Excepted Service Special Appointing Authority. This authority provides a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate your potential to successfully perform the essential duties of a particular job.

This authority provides a unique opportunity for you to demonstrate your potential to successfully perform the essential duties of a particular job with or without reasonable accommodations.

The following people may apply for a non-competitive appointment through the Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) hiring authority:

  • People with disabilities – including intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities and psychiatric disabilities
  • Disabled veterans with a 30% or more rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense
  • Certain disabled veterans recently discharged with an honorable or general discharge may be hired through the VRA appointment authority

If selected for a position using the Schedule A Hiring Authority, and after you have accepted the job offer, you will be hired on a "trial" basis. Then, after 2 years of successful performance, you may be converted noncompetitively to a permanent appointment in the competitive service or you may remain on the excepted service appointment.

Interested Job Seekers that are eligible for the Schedule A Hiring Authority may submit their required documentation to:

HCO.recruiter4disability@irs.gov

For a description and a complete listing of the required Schedule A documentation please refer to the Schedule A Document Checklist.

You can also find more information about the Schedule A Hiring Authority for people with disabilities on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Employment of People with Disabilities website.

Once You Are on Board

We are committed to offering full consideration to employees with disabilities for inclusion in developmental opportunities, such as training and special assignments designed to maintain and improve technical and management skills. We can also provide the reasonable accommodation you need to be successful on the job and in our many training courses.

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