Last week, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a final rule that simplifies the federal Schedule A hiring authority for the appointment of people with intellectual disability, severe physical disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. Schedule A is a hiring authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote individuals with disabilities. Under prior regulations, a person seeking a Schedule A appointment was required not only to establish a qualifying disability, but also to submit a “certification of job readiness” by a medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist, or disability benefit agency. The new final OPM rule removes the requirement for a certification of job readiness. The Arc has strongly supported the elimination of this unnecessary step in the Schedule A process.