Can Congress Overturn an OPM Reclassification Decision?

May 22, 2019 12:19 PM , Updated June 3, 2019 7:02 AM
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Q: Are you aware of any precedent for employees “winning” reclassification of their position via legal/political means though OPM, Congress or their employing agency? Has there been any reclassification decision being overturned by a court or repudiated by Congress?

A: I am not aware of a lawsuit being successful on a reclassification issue. A person can request a classification review. However, to the surprise of some who ask for a reclassification, OPM sometimes decides they are classified at a grade that is too high, thereby resulting in the position being reclassified at a lower grade. I doubt a congressional inquiry will change the process or their decision on a specific individual’s question.

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