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Frequently Asked Questions Classification

  • If you decide to submit a classification or job grading appeal to us, it should be signed by you and contain the following information in writing:
    • Your name, mailing address, and commercial office telephone number;
    • The present classification of your position or grading of your job and the requested classification or grading;
    • The name of the department or agency and the office in which you work;
    • The city where you are employed and the installation's mailing address;
    • The address and telephone number of your servicing human resources office;
    • The name, address and business telephone number of your representative, if you designate one;
    • A copy of your official position description and either a statement affirming that it is accurate or a detailed explanation of the inaccuracies and an explanation of the efforts made to correct the position description as required in section 511.607(a)(1) if title 5, Code of Federal Regulations and the Introduction to the Position Classification Standards, Appendix 4.G.4.a.;
    • Any additional information about the position or job that will aid in understanding it; and
    • Arguments supporting the requested classification or grading by referencing the appropriate classification or job grading standards.
    For a job grading appeal, you must also tell us which specific part of your agency's appeal decision you disagree with and why.
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  • By law, we must base our decision on the work assigned to your position by your agency and performed by you; the qualifications required to perform that work; and the proper application of published classification or job grading standards and guides. Our decision cannot compare your position to other positions or jobs; and our decision cannot consider such things as qualifications you have that are not required to perform the work of your position or job, how well you perform your work, or how much work you do.
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  • A representative can assist in preparing and presenting an appeal.  The representative has the same obligation as the appellant to cooperate in processing the appeal, including relaying instructions from OPM to the appellant and promptly providing information to OPM upon request.  A representative has no right to be present or participate in an OPM General Schedule appeal audit or interview with the appellant (See section 511.608 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)) and may not be present to participate in a Federal Wage System appeal audit or interview (See 5 CFR 532.705(c)).
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  • Yes, you may withdraw your appeal at any time before we issue a decision.  We may cancel your appeal if you or your designated representative fail to provide requested information or if you leave the position that is being appealed.
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