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Why do the changes apply only to those with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities or psychiatric disabilities?

The Executive Orders authorizing these appointments are limited to people with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. Executive Order 12125 dated March 15, 1979, and Executive Order 13124 dated June 4, 1999, permit individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities to obtain competitive status after two years of satisfactory service in an excepted service position. These Executive Orders were established to assist these individuals with disabilities and to build a Federal workforce that draws from the strength of America's diversity.

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