Q & A Session – Transfer of Function


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.


My office of a handful of overseas GS technicians has been replaced by contractors who are earning 2-3 times what the GS workers earned. The agency has accomplished this mostly by attrition, by choosing not to extend the GS workers beyond their overseas tours of 5 years, even though they routinely obtained waivers in the past. The remaining GS workers have been forced on PPP, with essentially no responsibilities or prospects for obtaining stateside jobs on PPP. Has the agency cross the line? What recourse is available for these guys to get their jobs back or at least have a fair chance to compete?


The scenario you describe does not result in any legal rights or entitlements for you. If the waste is as obvious as you say, the DOD IG or Congress may be interested.

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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