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What should happen after an accommodation request has been made?

The individual and agency should engage in an "interactive process" to determine whether and what type accommodation is appropriate. This involves an informal discussion with the requester, facilitated by the assigned OPD staff member, to determine a suitable accommodation. The employee shares responsibility for making the interactive process work by providing information that the agency reasonably needs to evaluate the accommodation request. For example, the agency may ask the employee for suggested accommodation solutions and preferences or for supporting medical information for a number of reasons—for example, to verify the existence of a disability if it is not obvious and/or to understand the employee’s limitations so that an accommodation can be identified that addresses the specific limitations.