Chapter 3: Employment
Section 4: Government Employment
This website section explains the various hiring options for people with disabilities. Individuals seeking appointments with the federal government must be proactive and begin networking with local agencies, contacting listed resources, and aggressively seeking out all available federal employment opportunities. Agencies have direct hire authority for Schedule A appointments presented in this section.
Web site provides current job openings in state government, position descriptions, an online application form which can be printed or filled out on screen and then printed, information on special provisions for persons with severe disabilities and veterans, and other information related to state employment.
Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program Administered by the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management, follow this link, to OPM's webpage.
Tests for all state jobs may be waived for those qualified applicants certified as eligible for this Program through the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Applicants hired through this program are eligible for permanent status in the classified service upon successful completion of a probationary period.
- Obtain a certification letter from the Department of Rehabilitation Services stating that he or she has a severe disability as defined by state law.
- Submit an on-line application for employment, including the required disability certification letter, to The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for each job class you wish to apply for
- OPM will review your qualifications and send you a notice confirming that your name has been placed on the eligible list if you qualify.
- As vacancies occur in the job class, OPM will send your name to all State of Oklahoma agencies who request a referral list for that job class and level for the counties you have indicated that you will work in. Your application is valid for one year. If you are still interested in seeking employment after the one year has elapsed, you must submit a new application for each job class you wish to apply and for which you are qualified for.
IMPORTANT: An applicant can use the standard method of applying for state jobs at the same time he or she uses the Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program method. Under the standard Merit System process, a person fills out a state application, takes a test if required, and if determined qualified, the person's name is placed on a register (list) and sent out to agencies with job openings. Each time an agency requests a register, only the names of people at the top of the register are sent. By using both the competitive Merit System application and the Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program method, applicants can maximize their chances to obtain state jobs. OPM asks that applicants in the Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program who also want to use the standard application process notify OPM in writing at the address listed above.
State Work Incentive Program provides Oklahoma state agencies may hire TANF (welfare) recipients and clients of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) for temporary positions up to 2 years without having to count these positions against their legislatively set limits on positions (FTEs). Work Incentive employees may be eligible for conversion to permanent status after two years. DRS clients were included in the Work Incentive Program by 2000 state legislation that became effective November 1, 2000.
The Special Excepted Appointment procedure is one route individuals with severe disabilities can use to obtain federal employment. They can also use regular competitive procedures or apply for temporary positions. SEA candidates must meet job qualifications, have a severe disability, and have a rehabilitation counselor certify that the person has the ability to do the job without risk to self or others. Medical documentation is required. Obtain SEA applications from a Workforce Representative.
A system of One-Stop career and service centers that provide a variety of career, training, job search and support services. The centers combine offices of the State Employment Service, Jobs Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and Department of Human Services. Other participating agencies may include: Community Colleges, Area Career and Technical Schools, Private Training Institutions, Adult Basic Education, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Commerce, Tribal governments, and community-based organizations.
DisabilityInfo.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others. A collaborative effort among twenty-two federal agencies, DisabilityInfo.gov connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.
Under Section 504 and the ADA, state and local government programs must make their facilities and services accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Businesses and commercial facilities must also make their goods and services equally available to persons with disabilities. Acquiring adaptive devices, such as a TTY for use by deaf or hard of hearing customers, may help agencies and businesses comply with the law.
This site provides a simple and straightforward mechanism to help Americans, with and without disabilities, better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities.
It also provides access to information that is relevant to the recruitment, employment, and retention of individuals with disabilities in the Federal Government. This information includes Federal and state laws as well as other governmental and non-governmental sites.
They have attempted to identify helpful guidance and information to assist in the recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities. This site is not designed, however, to address or respond to individual circumstances. Individualized inquiries should be addressed to the current or potential employing agency.
USA JOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.
Automated Telephone System - An interactive voice response telephone system which can be reached at 703-724-1850 Voice or 978-461-8404 TDD. By telephone, job seekers can access worldwide current job vacancies, employment information fact sheets, and applications and forms, and in some instances, apply for jobs by phone.