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Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 1999 / Notices

Employees are entitled to additional years of retention service credit in RIF, based on appraisal results.  This credit will be based on the employee’s three most recent annual overall contribution scores (OCSs) of record received during the four-year period prior to the issuance of RIF notices.  However, if at the time RIF notices are issued, three CCAS cycles have not yet been completed, the annual performance rating of record under the previous performance management system will be substituted for one or more OCSs, as appropriate.  An employee who has received at least one but fewer than three previous ratings of record shall receive credit for performance on the basis of the value of the actual rating(s) of record divided by the number of actual ratings received.  Employees with three OCS or performance ratings shall receive credit for performance on the basis of the value of the actual ratings of record divided by three.  In cases where an individual employee has no annual OCS or performance rating of record, an average OCS or performance rating will be assigned and used to determine the additional service credit for that individual.  (This average rating is derived from the current ratings of record for the employees in that individual’s career path and broadband level within the competitive area affected by a given RIF.)  See Table 7, Retention Service Credit Associated with Appraisal Results.

When a competing employee is to be released from his/her position, the activity shall establish separate master retention lists for the competitive and excepted services, by type of work schedule and (for excepted service master retention lists) appointing authority.

Within the above groups, competing employees shall be listed on the master retention list in descending retention standing order as defined by their tenure, veterans’ preference, and length of service as determined by their adjusted service computation date.  Employees will be listed as follows: By tenure group I, group II, group III; within each group by veterans’ preference subgroup AD (preference eligible employees with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more), subgroup A (other preference eligible employees), subgroup B (non-preference eligible employees); and, within each group, by length of service as determined by the adjusted service computation date, beginning with the earliest service date.

Employees will be ranked in order of their retention standing, beginning with the most senior employee.  This employee may displace an employee of lower retention standing occupying a position that is at the same or lower broadband level and that is in a series for which the senior employee is fully qualified, to include a series in a different career path.  The undue interruption standard of 5 CFR 351.403(a)(1) shall serve as the criterion to determine if an employee is fully qualified.  In addition, to be fully qualified, the employee must meet DAWIA statutory requirements for the position, if applicable.  (However, statutory waivers shall continue to apply.)  The displaced employee must be appointed under the same authority, if excepted service, and in the same work schedule.  Offer of assignment shall be to the position that requires no reduction or the least possible reduction in broadband.  Where more than one such position exists, the employee must be offered the position encumbered by the employee with the lowest retention standing.

Displacement rights are normally limited to one broadband level below the employee’s present position.  However, a preference-eligible employee with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more may displace up to the two broadband levels below the employee’s present position (or the equivalent of five General Schedule grades) below the employee’s present level.

Employees covered by the demonstration are not eligible for grade retention.  Pay retention will be granted to employees downgraded by reduction in force whose rate of basic pay exceeds the maximum salary range of the broadband level to which assigned.  Such employees will be entitled to retain the rate of basic pay received immediately before the reduction, not to exceed 150% of the maximum salary of the lower broadband level.

Under the demonstration project, all employees affected by a reduction-in-force action, other than a reassignment, maintain the right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) if they believe the process/procedures were not properly applied.

Prior to RIF, employees may be offered a vacant position in the same broadband as the highest broadband available by displacement.  Employees may also be offered placement into vacant positions for which management has waived the qualifications requirements.  If the employee is not placed into a vacant position and cannot be made an offer of assignment via displacement, the employee shall be

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