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.