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My office of a handful of overseas GS technicians has been replaced by contractors who are earning 2-3 times what the GS workers earned.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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