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Applicants With Disabilities

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ATF is committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. ATF welcomes and encourages applications from people with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate their needs. 

Through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008, ATF can hire through traditional competitive hiring processes or by means of a non-competitive or special appointing authority. We encourage qualified individuals with disabilities to apply for our jobs.

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Special Appointing Authorities

Here are the categories for qualifying under a special appointing authority:

  • Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u), for hiring people with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. This excepted authority is used to appoint people with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Such individuals may qualify for conversion to permanent status after two years of satisfactory service. Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy, dwarfism and more.
  • Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(ll) for hiring readers, interpreters, and personal assistants. This excepted authority is used to appoint readers, interpreters and personal assistants for employees with severe disabilities as reasonable accommodations.

Special agent and industry operations investigator applicants eligible for appointment under Schedule A should send an email to

All other occupations should send an email to

Reasonable Accommodations

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ATF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides reasonable accommodations, upon request, for people with disabilities during the application, interview and hiring process. This includes the need for forms in alternate formats or the use of a sign language interpreter during the interview.

If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator by email at or by calling 202-648-8760.

Let us know through our website feedback form if you have a disability and the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information.

Reporting Discrimination

If you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination through the ATF employment process, you must initiate contact with an ATF EEO Counselor within 45 days of (a) the alleged discrimination event, (b) the effective date of a personnel action, or (c) when you became aware of alleged discrimination, by sending an email to or calling 202-648-8760.

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