Q. Does a person have seniority when two people in the same section are applying for the same job? Both have the same experience, one from active duty and retired from active duty of 23 years. But he will only have two years as a federal employee in August 2014. The other has 12 years federal service and 11 years active duty. Both are a GS-07 and looking to apply for a GS-09. I realize management has the right to hire anyone who they feel is qualified.

A. Seniority isn’t one of the factors that management has to consider when making a selection.


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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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