Q & A Session – Veterans Preference for Promotion


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 am a current permanent federal employee under FERS, and I am also a disabled veteran. I have applied for a higher position within my current department. Am I still eligible to receive a 10 point veterans preference for the new position?


Veterans preference applies to initial appointment and reductions-in-force. It does not apply to internal promotions. Veterans preference may apply to a prevent a non-veteran from being hired ahead of you for a position for which you are qualified if the vacancy announcement and hiring authority used seeks outside candidates.


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

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