Normally, a position obligated to an overseas returnee with statutory return rights is filled on a permanent basis. The employee selected to fill the obligated position must agree, in writing, that occupancy of the obligated position is subject to the return of the employee on an overseas assignment.
When the stateside Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) receives notification from the overseas CPAC that the employee will be exercising return rights, the incumbent of the obligated position must vacate the position. If there is no vacancy for assignment, then reduction in force (RIF) procedures are used to determine the job placement entitlements of the incumbent of the obligated position. The employee exercising return rights is not included in the RIF. However, if during the absence of the overseas employee, the obligated position was cancelled or restructured, the overseas employee on return to the installation may be required to compete in RIF to determine his/her job placement entitlements.
The local Civilian Personnel Advisory Center coordinates all actions taken with the immediate supervisor when an employee exercises his/her return rights, requests an extension, or agrees to an additional overseas tour.