I re-read you comment again. I am glad I don't work for your Agency. The place I work had some issues with properly applying Veterans Preference back in 2005. All I will say is the minimum was 2 weeks suspension without pay, 3 resigned facing 75 action, and 2 were referred to OSC for prosecution. Many places can slick things through, until the get caught, then OPM and OSC come in like the Red Army invading Berlin.