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Jake1000  
#1 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:55:07 AM(UTC)
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I am a current Fed hired under competitive service many years ago.
However, I do have a “severe disability”. No one in my agency is aware. One question when applying for a job announcement that just came out asks....

“Do you have a severe physical, psychological or mental disability that qualifies you for Schedule A Disability appointment.”

1) How do I answer this? I do “Qualify “ But do I have to answer yes? Or, do I ONLY answer “YES” If I want to apply/be considered under Schedule A?
If I answer yes, can they hire me under competitive service (as announced)?


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FrankJr  
#2 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 12:38:52 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: nissan25 Go to Quoted Post
I am a current Fed hired under competitive service many years ago.
However, I do have a “severe disability”. No one in my agency is aware. One question when applying for a job announcement that just came out asks....

“Do you have a severe physical, psychological or mental disability that qualifies you for Schedule A Disability appointment.”

1) How do I answer this? I do “Qualify “ But do I have to answer yes? Or, do I ONLY answer “YES” If I want to apply/be considered under Schedule A?
If I answer yes, can they hire me under competitive service (as announced)?


Thanks


The question is for demographics. Search the internet for Schedule A Hiring Authority. Different certificates for competitive service and Schedule A.
Jake1000  
#3 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 3:30:17 AM(UTC)
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I understand different certificates & demographics. Do I have to answer YES to the question?
“Yes”, I do qualify.
TheRealOrange  
#4 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 4:19:30 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: nissan25 Go to Quoted Post
I am a current Fed hired under competitive service many years ago.
However, I do have a “severe disability”. No one in my agency is aware. One question when applying for a job announcement that just came out asks....

“Do you have a severe physical, psychological or mental disability that qualifies you for Schedule A Disability appointment.”

1) How do I answer this? I do “Qualify “ But do I have to answer yes? Or, do I ONLY answer “YES” If I want to apply/be considered under Schedule A?
If I answer yes, can they hire me under competitive service (as announced)?


Thanks

As far as I know, you are not required to answer yes, and you certainly are not required to disclose your disability. In fact, applicants are not required to disclose information about a disability unless they are using the Schedule A appointing authority to be hired. If Schedule A is being used, then the applicant is required to provide the certification letter, but does not have to disclose the disability. If this is truly a question for demographic purposes, the information is separate from the application itself and is not available to the agency except as a part of aggregated data. That is, it cannot be tied back to the applicant. But, if you are not comfortable answering yes, then simply respond no.

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