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Pay and Leave FAQ

A GS employee is temporarily promoted and is later promoted permanently to the temporary grade. The employee is first returned to the lower graded position and is then permanently promoted. Does the time spent in the temporary promotion count towards creditable service for the employee's next WGI?

No. An employee who is returned from a temporary promotion to his or her regular grade and step and is subsequently promoted to the same grade held during the temporary promotion receives an "equivalent increase" upon the permanent promotion and begins a new waiting period on the date of the permanent promotion. The time spent in the temporary grade and step is not creditable service towards the completion of a waiting period when the employee is permanently promoted.

NOTE: If a temporary promotion is made permanent immediately after the temporary promotion ends, the agency may not return the employee to the lower grade. The agency must convert the employee's temporary promotion to a permanent promotion without a change in pay. See 5 CFR 531.214(e).

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