Lateral transfer, step increase


Q. I was approached with a lateral transfer from a GS-1071-9 Step 4 to a a GS-1030-9. I told them I would consider it with monetary compensation (I had a step increase in mind). They responded that they couldn’t do that and would open the position to the outside. Is this true that I could not request a step increase to go with the lateral transfer?

A. Yes, what you were told is correct.


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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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