Q & A Session – Desk Audit for Higher Grade Level


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.


I work in HR and believe that my position could be a higher grade. The job requires me to do more and different types of work than what is usually required of the same position across the government. Would asking my supervisor for a desk audit help the chance of my GS level changing?


The desk audit is not based on your abilities. It is based on the complexities and expectations of the job. Desk audits can help raise a grade level, but, as a rule, they tend to scrutinize the duties of a position and often do not result in a higher grade level. The possibility also exists that a desk audit could result in a lower grade level.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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