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Disabilities Program

Executive Order 13078, issued on March 13, 1998, established the National Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities to reduce employment barriers for persons with disabilities. Executive Order 13164 of July 26, 2000, promotes a model Federal workplace that provides reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and those who are applying for Federal employment. Executive Order 13187 of January to 2001, established the President's Disability Employment Partnership Board. People with disabilities can be hired through the traditional competitive hiring process or, if they qualify, noncompetitively through the use of excepted service appointing authorities. Excepted service appointing authorities for hiring people with disabilities were developed to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to show that they can do the job and to circumvent the attitudinal barriers of managers and supervisors.