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I have been a GS-5 federal employee for nearly 12 years in the same agency; 9 of those in the same department. I have been trying to gain promotion in my department for some time and thought I finally had the best chance for it when we were told we had to take a priority placement person; not a displaced federal employee but the spouse of an active military. While I certainly do not have anything against the ability to hire spouses, I do have issues when it comes to the being overlooked for promotion in a position that I have already been doing for more than 5 years with no additional pay. Being a non-prior service employee, I feel as if I am the one being discriminated against because of those preferences they are afforded. I have been told by our personnel agency that there really isn't thing I can do about it and even if this person doesn't stay long because of the spouse's PSC moves or they just don't like the job (we've had that happen as well); then I have to go through the entire process again and was informed that the PPP list will always be pulled first. I do not have the luxury of moving away to find other employment in the federal government and even if I did; I fear this will always be the case when it comes to applying for higher paying jobs. I have the utmost respect for the military, coming from a military family myself, but realistically, I feel I should have the opportunity to advance as well.

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