Agency transfer


Q. Is it possible to do a lateral transfer from one agency to another without applying through a merit promotion announcement for all status candidates? My co-worker is transferring to another agency without having applied to an announcement. She stated that the agency is just transferring her at her same GS-12 grade level. I am confused; isn’t this considered pre-selection and circumventing the merit promotion principles?

A. No, it isn’t; and no, it doesn’t.


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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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