Executive Order 13124
Amending the Civil Service Rules Relating To Federal Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
Section 1. Policy.
(a) It is the policy of the United States to assure equality
(b) The Civil Service Rules governing appointment of persons with psychiatric disabilities were adopted years ago when attitudes about mental illness were different than they are today, which led to stricter standards for hiring persons with psychiatric disabilities than for persons with mental retardation or severe physical disabilities. The Civil Service Rules provide that persons with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may be hired under excepted appointing authorities. While persons with mental retardation or severe physical disabilities may be appointed for more than 2 years and may convert to competitive status after completion of 2 years of satisfactory service in their excepted position, people with psychiatric disabilities may not.
(c) The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the President’s
Sec. 2. Implementation.
(b) Civil Service Rule III (5 CFR Part 3) is amended by
adding the following
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