Category Archives: Promotion/Hiring

WHAT DO SELECTING OFFICIALS OWE BQ CANDIDATES–AGAIN?  We can’t say this often enough.  When Selecting Officials non-select BQ candidates, especially those with higher scores than the selectee, the Selecting Official (SO) must provide the non-selected applicant something more than a … Continue reading

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EEOC BODY SLAMS ARROGANT/IGNORANT AGENCY Do you remember our posts about how EEOC normally orders agencies to reveal details about their crediting plans when an employee presents a prima facie case of discrimination? Secretary Mike Pompeo’s staff does not and it just … Continue reading

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RATING PANEL GRIEVANCES: WE HAVE SAID IT BEFORE AND HERE IT IS AGAIN Attacking the scores of a promotion rating panel is hard to do under traditional labor law.  But, if you can find a reason to allege that there … Continue reading

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EEOC LAYS OUT PATH TO WINNING PROMOTION GRIEVANCES EEOC just gave union reps a gift that can go on giving for a long time. It explained how to greatly boost the chances of winning grievances for union members passed over … Continue reading

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HOW TREASURY SUBVERTS MERIT The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recently smacked down the Dept. of Treasury FinCEN operations for screwing around with the merit system. The agency wanted to hire an attorney into a supervisory spot, but Treasury would … Continue reading

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WHEN ROBOTS MAKE PROMOTION DECISIONS About a decade ago, IRS proposed to NTEU that they automate the promotion system. After all, it would save gobs of time managers then spent rating candidates’ paperwork, remove the subjectivity of rating panels, and … Continue reading

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WHEN IS AN EMPLOYEE “PLAINLY SUPERIOR” TO THE SELECTEE IN A PROMOTION ACTION? This may come as a shock to lots of folks on the management side of the table, but a promotion applicant is not the best person for the job … Continue reading

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WERE THESE NON-SELECTED EMPLOYEES ADEQUATELY COUNSELED BY MANAGEMENT? Below are three paraphrased explanations Selecting Officials gave EEOC for not selecting three promotion applicants. Let’s assume that the Selecting Officials were just as open with the non-selected employees before EEOC got involved, took … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING CATEGORY RATING SYSTEMS As we have said before, category rating is brimming with opportunities for agency HR and managers to abuse the process.  There are very few rules, and MSPB has consistently looked the other way so that there … Continue reading

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OPM’S COMPETITIVE SELECTION AVATARS Last week the Washington Post reported that OPM has begun using avatars to measure the aptitude of people applying for federal jobs.  The Post wrote that the system, “…uses animated avatars and videos to simulate challenges that … Continue reading

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