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Disability Hiring

Operating on the front lines of America’s security, we are committed to increasing the employment of people with disabilities, and offering those skilled people an environment in which they can excel. Because TSA’s mission-critical occupations include strict physical and medical requirements that are based on statute, jobs potentially available for individuals with disabilities are more likely to be in TSA’s management, administrative and professional (MAP) positions. We do, however, have a resource for the hiring of individuals with disabilities, as well as extended outreach efforts to increase the participation of persons with disabilities and targeted disabilities in agency programs.

While TSA’s hiring processes with regard to individuals with disabilities differ from those at other agencies, we invite you to visit the following pages to learn more about disability hiring practices:

Disability.gov [URL: https://www.disability.gov/]
DHS Disability Information [URL: http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0017.shtm#disabilities]

For more information, please contact Darrett Lomax at 571-227-2862 or darrett.lomax@tsa.dhs.gov.

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations are adjustments of alterations that enable qualified individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to apply for a job, perform job duties or enjoy benefits and privileges of employment – such as:

    • Providing applications in alternative formats
    • Assistive technology to allow sight impaired employees to use computers
    • Removal of physical barriers in an organization’s office space or facilities

As an applicant or employee, you or a third party on your behalf can make a request for reasonable accommodation at any time, even if you have not previously disclosed the existence of a disability. If TSA decision-makers agree that your request is valid, reasonable accommodations will be granted.

Medical information may be required to support your request, but will be confidential to individuals directly related to the process of granting or denying your request. More details about reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

Personnel Rules and Procedures

TSA was established under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (P.L. 107-71) as an excepted service agency and, for the most part, is outside of the personnel rules and procedures established by the Office of Personnel Management, such as Schedule A hiring.

While TSA has merit-based hiring processes, these processes are not identical to those used for most of the Federal Government. For example, the Schedule A hiring authority for individuals with disabilities (5 CFS 213.3102(u)) provides the individual with an opportunity for conversion to the competitive service. Because TSA is an excepted service agency, it cannot provide a conversion to the competitive service.

The majority of TSA’s positions have specific physical qualification requirements based on statute that may not be adapted. All applicants who apply for vacancies with specific physical qualification requirements, such as Transportation Security Officer and Federal Air Marshal positions, must meet the stringent physical requirements as outlined in the vacancy announcements.

How to Apply

Though this is an excepted service agency outside of most personnel rules and procedures, TSA does have a program for the hiring of individuals with disabilities. You may apply for a position for which you qualify by reviewing the TSA vacancy announcements posted on www.USAJOBS.gov and submitting resumes for positions that are of interest to you.

Your application under this program must include specific documentation about your disability from a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist or any Federal agency, state agency or any agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

TSA positions are posted on USAJOBS, the Federal Government’s official jobs and hiring site, but if your disability prevents you from using that system or you need further assistance, please feel free to call or email a TSA personnel specialist:

  • Call 877-872-7990 to speak with a representative that can guide you through the application process.
  • Alternately, the TDD number is 877-872-7992.
  • Email Helpdesk@TSA-HRAccess.com for assistance.
Latest revision: 11 July 2014