U.S. marshals fight for promotion

A group of U.S. marshals has filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel about the lack of a promotion they feel is deserved, Government Executive reports.

According to the report, 46 regional task force inspectors for the U.S. Marshals Service who are classified as GS-12s have unsuccessfully sought promotion to the GS-13 level, and their case highlights long-standing issues between government’s system of merit promotions and promotions achieved through accretion of duties.

The fight has been ongoing since 2008, and also brings out some conflicts between field offices and headquarters in a hierarchical law enforcement agency operating without permanent leadership, according to the report.

Reader comments

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

A little under thirty years ago I was an mid-level law enforcement manager supervising about 70 workers. I went through the OPM "audit" system seeking an upgrade from then GM-14 to GM-15. OPM quickly recommended approval but the agency's No. 2 (who had no law enforcement experience) quietly told HR to kill the reclassification. Fortunately, the No. 2 foolishly inked a memo to HR with her plan. Some nice person at HR forwarded a copy of it to me which I immediately faxed to OPM. Twenty minutes later I was a GM-15.

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

As a retired U.S. Custom Non Supervisor Special Agent (journeyman GS-13) I have always thought these U.S. Marshals Service Inspectors shold be GS-13.

Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Remember administrative folks will always find ways to bend the potential for promotions for existing hard working staff and go out of their way to bend, break and ignore civil service regulations and requirements in regards to hiring a managers social friend, next door neighbor, the big out fit in Bethesda is well known for such activities and it is actually endorsed. The rank and file employees get the short end of the deal every time.

Wed, Feb 13, 2019

This is typical of how the personnel system works in the federal government. One big outfit in Bethesda is known for gender, age and race bias; often hiring friends from outside the federal government with higher grades and lack of competitive hiring. In essence the job descriptions are wired to the favor of the friend obtaining employment. even the administrative personnel help such selection favoritism at the expense of individuals with proven track records who do not have a chance for promotion.

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