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What is a Schedule A Letter and How Can This Help Me Get a Job?

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A Schedule A letter is a letter of certification from a qualified medical professional that verifies an individual’s eligibility for appointment to a federal government position under the Schedule A hiring authority.

The Schedule A hiring authority is a special recruitment and appointment authority that allows federal agencies to appoint individuals with disabilities to certain positions without going through the competitive examination process. To be eligible for appointment under Schedule A, an individual must have a severe disability that would disqualify them from taking a competitive examination.

A Schedule A letter is typically written by a licensed medical doctor (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), or licensed clinical psychologist. It must verify that the individual has a severe disability and is unable to perform the duties of the position for which they are applying without reasonable accommodation. The letter should also include information about the nature and extent of the individual’s disability, as well as any relevant treatment or accommodations that may be needed.

A Schedule A letter is an important part of the application process for individuals seeking appointment to a federal government position under the Schedule A hiring authority. It helps to ensure that individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to apply for and be considered for federal employment.


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