Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Seven-year temporary promotion

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Q. I have been employed with DHS/OPR in a temporary promotion (GS-14) for seven years. During my fifth year of the TPro, I was transferred into another unit and location within OPR. I am into my seventh year as a TPro.

Does any law convert the position into a permanent grade due to the longevity in the position?

A. Temporary promotions for more than 120 days are subject to competitive procedures. Assuming this happened, it is within your agency’s discretion to set time limits on the life of that promotion. Since seven years seems excessive, you should talk to someone in your personnel office to make sure that continuing your temporary promotion doesn’t violate your agency’s own rules and regulations.

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