Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
If a federal employee receives a grade increase to the next career ladder grade immediately following a minimal successful performance appraisal, what action should be taken by management/human resources to address and correct the issue?
The situation you described sounds like a major ball dropping of a well thrown pass. Once an appointment (promotion to a higher grade level) is made by an authorized appointing authority it cannot be taken away from a non-probationary employee without due process. But it sounds like due process and a possible adverse action is in order. You can try to report this to an IG Hotline, but most IG offices will lack the resources to investigate this type of issue.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.
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