How does a transfer differ from a reassignment?
A transfer is a voluntary action. Reassignment is an agency-directed action moving an employee from one position to another within the agency without promotion or demotion.

An agency may reassign an employee when it has a legitimate organizational reason for the reassignment, and the vacant position is at the same grade, or rate of pay. It may select employees for reassignment on the basis of considerations such as retention standing, total service with the agency, length of time in a position or in the organization.

If a reassignment involves a change to a different geographic area, an employee generally is eligible for relocation expenses.

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