Federal Employment for Individuals With Disabilities

To encourage Federal agencies to provide assistance to persons with disabilities, including disabled veterans, in obtaining and retaining Federal employment, with or without reasonable accommodations including readers, interpreters, and other personal assistants.

Agency - Office of Personnel Management

Office - Information may be obtained from the Personnel Office in Federal agencies of interest.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

As of September 2001, there were 127,076 Federal employees with targeted and non-targeted disabilities in non- postal Federal Executive Branch agencies. In fiscal year 2002, there were 11,847 full time permanent (FTP) hires of persons with disabilities.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Federal government provides employment opportunities to persons with physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities in positions for which they qualify.

The Selective Placement Program is concerned with providing avenues for agencies to develop methodologies related to recruitment referral, placement, advancement, and the retention of Federal employees with disabilities.

The program has strong relationships with State vocational rehabilitation agencies, Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, and other public and private agencies concerned with rehabilitation and placement of persons with disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Persons who qualify under the definition of being "disabled" under title 29, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

The coverage applies to applicants and Federal employees with disabilities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Persons with physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities.


Not applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, or vocational rehabilitation counselors working on their behalf, should contact the Selective Placement Coordinator in Federal agencies where they want to work for more information and eligibility requirements.

Award Procedures



Not applicable.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Public Law 93-112, as amended; Public Laws 93-508, 93-516, 95-454, 95-602, 96-923, and 102-16.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) Not seperately identifiable. Policy guidance and program coordination are provided by OPM, but carried out by individual Federal agencies. Summary obligation data are not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

5 CFR 213.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Information may be obtained from the Personnel Office in Federal agencies of interest.

Headquarters Office

Diversity Office, Employment Service, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Room 2445, Washington, DC 20415. Telephone: (202) 606-1059. Contact: Armando E. Rodriguez, Director.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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