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NOAA's Reasonable Accommodation Program


What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
The term Reasonable Accommodation means:

  1. Modifications or adjustments to a job application process that enable a qualified applicant with a disability to be considered for the position such qualified applicant desires; or
  2. Modifications or adjustments to the work environment, or to the manner or circumstances under which the position held or desired is customarily performed, that enable an individual with a disability who is qualified to perform the essential functions of that position; or
  3. Modifications or adjustments that enable an agency's employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by its other similarly situated employees without disabilities.

NOAA provides Reasonable Accommodation for employees with disabilities.
An individual is considered to have a "disability" if that individual:

The Reasonable Accommodation Process:
Once a Reasonable Accommodation Request is received, the Interactive Process begins, to determine what, if any, accommodation should be provided. The Reasonable Accommodation Chart gives a brief overview of the entire process. If you have questions regarding the Reasonable Accommodation Program you may contact your supervisor or send an email to wfmo.rac@noaa.gov

To Request an Accommodation:

  1. Please complete the employee portion (Part A) of Form CD-575 (Rev. March, 2013), Request for Reasonable Accommodation and submit the entire form to the RAC (contact information above). Please do not send Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as a standard email attachment.  Submit your form as a password protected attachment or via Accellion, the secure file transfer system.
  2. Please read carefully the document Assisting Your Health Care Provider in Preparing Your Medical Documentation. If you have a hidden disability you need to provide medical documentation to the RAC. The documentation from your health care provider must address the elements in the document mentioned above.
  3. The RAC will contact you to discuss your case.

Personal Assistance Services:

Personal Assistance Services (PAS) allow employees with targeted disabilities to fully participate in the workplace by providing assistance with the activities of daily living, such as eating, drinking and using the restroom. 

To request Personal Assistance Services:

  1. Please complete the employee portion (Part A) of Form CD-575 (Rev. March, 2013), Request for Reasonable Accommodation and submit the entire form to wfmo.rac@noaa.gov  Please do not send Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as a standard email attachment.  Submit your form as a password protected attachment or via Accellion, the secure file transfer system.
  2. The RAC will contact you to discuss your case.
 For more information visit  http://www.osec.doc.gov/opog/dmp/resources/DOC_Procedures_for_Personal_Assistance_Services_(PAS)_01032018.pdf    


Important Information:

NOAA's Premium Class Travel Accommodations

Effective June 15, 2012, NOAA's Deputy Under Secretary is the only authorizing official who can approve premium class travel accommodations. Your supervisor should consult with the RAC to determine if premium class travel accommodation or choice/premium seating can be provided based on your medical disability and in accordance with DAO 215-10.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Reasonable Accommodation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Page last edited: March 6, 2018

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