Involuntary Reduction in Grade and/or Pay

The typical options of penalties in response to an employee's misconduct or delinquency are:

However, before a decision is made to remove an employee from the Federal service, another disciplinary option should be considered in response to an employee's misconduct - involuntarily reducing him/her in grade and/or pay.

In effect, the supervisor would demote the employee either by redesigning his/her current position to a lower grade or by reassigning him/her to a different lower-graded position. The change to lower grade may be within the employee's current work center or it may be to another position, elsewhere on the installation. It must be to a position that is available to fill; for which the employee qualifies; and the gaining supervisor must be willing to accept the employee, knowing the reason(s) for the placement action.

Content last reviewed: 6/29/2010-TFW

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