FMA FIGHTS FOR MERIT SYSTEM PRINCIPLES AND PROMOTIONS AT USMS - February 12, 2019
U.S. Marshals Complain That System Unfairly Denies Them a Promotion
By Charles S. Clark, Government Executive
Frustrated by years of seeking a promotion they feel is deserved, a group of 46 regional task force inspectors for the U.S. Marshals Service has filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel, Government Executive has learned.
The GS-12s have unsuccessfully sought promotion to the GS-13 level.
Their case spotlights long-standing tensions at the agency between the government’s system of merit promotions versus elevations achieved through accretion of duties. It shows the influence of a key managers organization on the agency’s handling of the question. And it brings out some ongoing conflicts between field offices and headquarters in a hierarchical law enforcement agency operating without permanent leadership.