Time-in-Grade May Not Go Away

The Office of Personnel Management is withdrawing its plan to abolish the one-year time-in-grade requirement for federal employee promotions. OPM announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday that it would withdraw proposed regulations to abolish the time-in-grade rule after the agency determined that it would be more productive to consider the merits of the time-in-grade issue as part of a more comprehensive review of pay, performance and staffing issues. Abolishing the restriction was originally proposed by the Bush administration on Nov. 7.

Under current rules, employees in competitive service General Schedule positions at grade levels 5 and above must serve 52 weeks in grade before becoming eligible for promotion. The rules would have eliminated the 52-week condition, provided employees meet occupational and job-related qualification requirements.

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