RIF and excepted service


Q. I’m a 15-year employee with an excepted service position that has been abolished through a reduction in force. I have always had above and beyond evaluations for my 15 years of employment. Do I not have any rights to retention of employment? Following Office of Personnel Management laws, I would say yes. But I read that excepted service has the option to follow no procedure/policies on RIF. Keep in mind I hold an administrative/data entry position within the courts and therefore not appointed when a new administration moves into the White House.

A. Separate registers are established for excepted service employees. You’ll find a description of the RIF process at www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/reductions-in-force/#url=Summary.


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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 fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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