VRA Appointment Counting Toward Tenure


Q & A Session – VRA Appointment Counting Toward Tenure

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 an employee was converted from a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) (GS-11) to a Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) (GS-12) appointment and the employee did not serve the full two year probationary period before converting to the VEOA, does his or her time served in the VRA appointment count toward career tenure?

The employee was selected from a merit service promotion and served 1 year and 5 months in the VRA appointment.


It depends. The earlier service would count if it was for a like and similar job.

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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