Reduction in grade


Q. I have been working in FERS for 10 years. In 2004, I was upgraded from GS-6 to GS-7 due to best practices. In June 2006, I was put on priority placement and RIF to another base in Texas because of BRAC. I am currently a GS-7 position, and my workload has been reduced due to some changes of the process. Could management reduce me to a GS-5 or a GS-6? Do I have any rights to appeal, or is this all determined by management? Is this stated in the Office of Personnel Management?

A. Just as your position could be upgraded through an accretion of duties, it could also be downgraded for a reduction in duties. You can find out how positions are classified by going to and the how the appeals process works by going to


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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