Q & A Session – Maximum Timeframe for Lateral Reassignment


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 have ten years of service with the federal government. Five months ago, I accepted a position in another division, which was a lateral reassignment. Management has not provided me with an effective date for the reassignment. Is there federal law on the maximum time an agency has to effectuate a lateral reassignment?


Sometimes agencies are slow processing SF-50s. Follow up with your personnel office. There are best practices, but no legal Statute of Limitations.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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  1. The gaining agency sets the effective date of reassignment. I’d contact HR at your new Division and ask them to cut your Form 50.

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