Through the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Acts 2009, the ATF can hire through traditional competitive hiring processes or by means of a non-competitive, or special appointing authority. In addition, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation throughout the hiring process and employment.
To be considered an individual with a disability, you must meet one of the following criteria:
Definition of Disability
Not everyone with a medical condition is protected by the law. In order to be protected, a person must be qualified for the job and have a disability as defined by the law.
A person can show that he or she has a disability in one of three ways:
- A person may be disabled if he or she has a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity (such as walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning).
- A person may be disabled if he or she has a history of a disability (such as cancer that is in remission).
- A person may be disabled if he is believed to have a physical or mental impairment that is not transitory (lasting or expected to last six months or less) and minor (even if he does not have such an impairment).
For additional information, consult the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website.
ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Personal Assistant Services
Federal agencies are required to provide personal assistant services (PAS) during working hours to qualified persons with disabilities, who need assistance with performing activities of daily living that an individual would typically perform if he or she did not have a disability, and that is not otherwise required as an accommodation. These services include, for example, assistance with removing and putting on clothing, eating, and using the restroom. Individuals may use the DOJ reasonable accommodation process to request PAS.
For additional information about PAS, please visit: https://www.eeoc.gov/federal/directives/personal-assistance-services.cfm.
Special Appointing Authorities
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established special appointing authorities for people with disabilities. DOJ has the authority to use a special appointing authority to hire a qualified person with a disability for vacant positions. These special appointing authorities include:
- 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.
- 5 CFR 213.3102(t) for hiring people with intellectual disabilities. This excepted authority is used to appoint persons with intellectual disabilities who have demonstrated satisfactory performance through a temporary appointment, or have been certified as likely to succeed in performing the duties of the job. They may qualify for conversion to permanent status after two years of satisfactory service.
- 5 CFR 213.3102(u) for hiring people with severe physical disabilities. This excepted authority is used to appoint persons with severe physical disabilities who have demonstrated satisfactory performance through a temporary appointment, or have been certified as likely to succeed in performing the duties of the job. After two years of satisfactory service, they may qualify for conversion to permanent status.
- 5 CFR 213.3102(gg) - Positions filled by persons with psychiatric disabilities who have demonstrated their ability to perform satisfactorily under a temporary appointment [such as one authorized in 213.3102(i)(3)] or who are certified as likely to be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations, by a State vocational rehabilitation counselor, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Administration psychologist, vocational rehabilitation counselor, or psychiatrist. Upon completion of 2 years of satisfactory service under this authority, the employee can be converted, at the discretion of the agency, to competitive status under the provisions of Executive Order 12125 as amended by Executive Order 13124.
For more information on disability employment please visit: Disability Hiring.