GO Item 2
January 17, 2013
January 15, 2013
Fiscal Policy Committee
Drummer, Senior Legislative
Bill 32-12, Personnel- Regulations - Persons with Disabilities
Joseph Adler, Director, Office of Human Resources
Betsy Luecking, Commission on People with Disabilities
Patricia Simon, Supervisor, DORS Wheaton Office
Bill 32-12, Personnel - Regulations
Persons with Disabilities - Noncompetitive
Appointment, sponsored by Councilmember Andrews, Council Vice-President Rice, Council
President Navarro, Councilmembers Leventhal, Ervin, Floreen, Eirich, Berliner, and Riemer,
was introduced on November 13,2012. A public hearing was held on December 11,2012.
Bill 32-12 would require the County Executive to adopt regulations permitting the
noncompetitive appointment of a qualified person with a severe developmental, physical, or
psychological disability to a County merit position. On November 6, 2012, the voters approved
an amendment to Section 401 of the County Charter to allow the County to operate a program
within the merit system to recruit and select qualified individuals with severe physical and
mental disabilities on a noncompetitive basis. This Bill would implement the Council's authority
under this new amendment to Section 401 of the County Charter.
The Bill would authorize a program that is similar to the noncompetitive appointment of
a person with a disability to a merit position in the Federal Civil Service under Schedule A.
Under Schedule A, a Federal agency may hire a qualified person with a disability directly
without advertising the position and without competition. Although the person would be hired in
the excepted service, the person may be converted to permanent competitive status after
successfully completing the probationary period. An EEOC fact sheet on Schedule A for Human
Resources professionals is at ©7 -10. Schedule A hiring is for the initial appointment to a
Federal position. Once the person is hired, the person is expected to meet the same standards as
other Federal employees and must compete for promotions on his or her performance and merit.
See the email from Donna
Walton, Ed.D, Disability Program Manager for the EEOC at