Q & A Session – Promotion after a Desk Audit


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.


After a desk audit is completed, what are the next steps for a promotion? A desk audit was performed on my position. It was rated a GS-11 instead of the current GS-09 that I am occupying. My management is telling me there isn’t anything they can do. They stated that they do not have a policy in place to promote me to GS-11. My management wants me to sign a Memorandum stating that I would be temporarily promoted to GS-11 and, after 120 days, I would resume my current position and they would rewrite my PD to a GS-09 level. This does not seem fair to me since I have already been working a GS-11 level job for 4 years.


It sounds like your agency may be playing games with you. You may try an open desk audit and see if this forces their hand. 

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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