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Frequently Asked Questions Employment

What is proof of disability documentation?

The following is a list of some examples of documents agencies may accept as proof of an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability. Ultimately, it is the agency's choice what type(s) of documentation will be acceptable:

  • Statements or letters on a physician's/medical professional's letterhead stationary.
  • Statements, records or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
  • Statements, records or letters from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency counselor.
  • Certification from a private Vocational Rehabilitation or other Counselor that issues or provides disability benefits.

As the regulation is implemented and used by agencies, this list may grow to include other types of certification. OPM will issue additional guidance to agencies on what constitutes "appropriate documentation" on an "as needed" basis.

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