Temporary promotions are intended for meeting temporary needs of the agency's work program when necessary services cannot be provided by other means. Temporary promotions can be used to:
- fill temporary positions
- accomplish project work
- fill positions temporarily pending reorganization or downsizing
- or meet other temporary needs
The initial 120 days of a temporary promotion may be made noncompetitively, which means the selected employee does not have to compete with other employees for the temporary assignment. All time spent on noncompetitive temporary promotions and details to higher graded positions during the preceding 12 months counts toward the 120-day total. If the temporary promotion is extended beyond 120 days, competition is required.
The maximum time period for a temporary promotion is 5 years, unless the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) authorizes the agency to make and/or extend it for a longer period. A temporary promotion that was originally made under competitive procedures can be extended up to 5 years without further competition.
A temporary promotion may be made permanent without further competition provided the temporary promotion was originally made under competitive procedures and the fact that it might lead to a permanent promotion was made known to all potential candidates.
The local union contract should be reviewed prior to effecting temporary promotion actions of employees covered by the bargaining unit.