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Special authorities

The federal government offers other special hiring paths (also known as a hiring authority) to help hire individuals that represent our diverse society.


You may be eligible under a special authority if you are a:

There are specific eligibility requirements for each of these special hiring authorities. Please read OPM's code of federal hiring regulations for more details.

How do I know a job is open to a special hiring authority?

In the job announcement look for the This job is open to section. When a job is open to a special hiring authority you'll see the Special authorities icon: You also need to look at the Clarification from the agency section for further details about eligibility. There may be other groups listed that can also apply.

In search, select the Special authorities filter. Your results will display all jobs open to special authorities.

Documents you may need

Depending on the job, you may need to provide several different documents with your application. The Required documents section in the job announcement will list any required documents. Learn about the different document types.

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Special authorities

Look for these options under the Hiring Path filter when searching.


Additional Resources

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