Federal employee doing work for a higher grade level position and not getting compensated for it
July 15,2023 at 12:38AM UTC
I have been working for my agency for several years at the a mid grade level, and I have occasionally filled in for somebody at the next level up when that position has been vacant (while also doing my own job ) Most recently, that person left their position well over a year ago, and I and another person have been covering those responsibilities. The issue is that, despite several rounds of job announcements and interviews, the supervisor (political appointee) has opted not to hire anybody. The supervisor has openly expressed a desire to change the way that position operates and have two people covering it., but the reality is, it will not get changed under our current budget situation. The other person covering the job with me works for somebody else. After comparing notes, we realized that we had both been told by our immediate supervisors that we were the first choice for a detail to temporarily fill the position and get paid at the higher grade level, but that our headquarters would not pay for it. So there is some BS going on here. The supervisor is basically getting a big chunk of what she wants, me and my colleague are doing our jobs plus significant work at a higher level for an extended period of time, and we are not getting compensated for it. I know what I think I want to do, but anyone with insight into federal HR policies or other relevant background would love to get your input. My current position is in our bargaining unit, the one above that we are filling in for is not.
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