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No, they can't arbitrarily assign you to a status like LWOP without you requesting it or something else happening. If they assigned you to it and you disagree then you certainly should have the opportunity to contest it under your due process rights.
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There won't be a statute, it would be the Constitutional protection offered by the 5th Amendment. There is an explanation of due proces at https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/due_process
There is also case law but the cost to do case law research is prohibitive, it costs a couple of hundred dollars for the simplest searches due to the databases we have contracts with and the time that it takes to do the search.
As far as "something else happening" the one that comes to mind is if you were in a coma or somehow unable to tell than that you wanted to take LWOP rather than lose your job and they just assigned you to it. There are likely other instances as well but I can't think of them off the top of my head right now.
I'm not sure what you mean, the provisions of the Constitution are usually not codified in another section of the statutes since that would create both duplication and ambiguity. I looked over the provisions of 5 USC and don't see anything that applies and I have dealt with many due process cases and have never had to cite anything except the Constitution.
The only place to get additional material would be in case law search but you would have to open another thread asking for that research to be done and someone else would likely pick up since I don't do case law research on here for a variety of reasons. The case law materials would be where you found specific applications of the due process issues to federal employment law.
Making this argument is no harder than making an argument based on a statute.
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