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I am a federal employee, I was passed over for this for the last 2yrs though I ranked top 10 on the promotion list I was not given a 40% deduction, but I was not selected for promotion or given an explanation when I inquired though I was supposed to be told in writing why I was not selected. This is according to our agency employee manual.
I recently took another promotional exam in October 2012, that will be effective in Jan 2013 and I again scored very high but now I have been given a 40% deduction penalty for a discipline that occurred in 2010. I talked with the union and was told that it was legal for the agency to deduct the 40% for past discipline, though it specifically states in the labor union contract hat discipline 2yrs and older shall not be considered. I have asked for a review about this deduction, which effectively puts me almost to the bottom of the list.