Q & A Session – Inadequate Documentation of Personnel Actions


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 was detailed from my current position for over 6 months without any explanation as to why. I am now in the process of returning to my position. No explanation as to this change was provided either. As a federal employee, do my supervisors have an obligation to inform me about my being detailed?


In theory, yes. What happened to you happens frequently and there is little recourse to remedy the poor practice of inadequate documentation of personnel actions. 

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

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