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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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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