Q. On Aug. 23, I was reduced in force into a position for which qualifications were waived, and it was a change to a lower grade. I have been unable to perform the duties of the new job because I do not have the basic qualifications and experience. Can I be involuntarily separated because I am unable to perform my new duties? I am a 68-year-old FERS employee with 34 years at the Defense Department.
A. While you could be involuntarily separated for poor performance, there may be other options, such as placing you in a position that’s a better fit with your skills. You need to discuss that possibility with your agency’s management officials. If all else fails, you have the age and service needed to retire.