After ten years working with usda-ARS as an it specialist GS2210-9 my position was to go permanent. One catch, I had to re-compete. No problem, I had done it before, had two years in a row of "superior" performance evals, multiple cash awards for service above and beyond, and no negatives, ever, in my performance evals. Three of the five persons on the selection committee were people who had sung my praises on what a good job I had done. In a surprise to me, I was not selected to perform the job I had been doing for the past 7 years in theory and the past three years in practice. That was bad enough, then I found out I had been kicked to the curb for a 30 something without a bachelors degree. Then the shutdown threat emerged. on Wednesday, September 25, I received my separation "advice", an e-mail with a bunch of links which I began . In 2007, I had asked about buying in my military service toward my retirement. I asked HR (Diane Leslie) who told me that since I was a term employee, I was not eligible to make my military service deposit to be able to count my military service toward my retirement. On that Wednesday, 5 days before my separation, I found out that I had been misinformed by Ms. Leslie, and that I could in fact have made the deposit to add my military service to my service for retirement. This is significant because without my military service, I could retire at 62 with a bit over 10 years 3 months of service. with my military service, I could retire at 60 years old with 20 years and possibly a supplement that offsets my in ability to get social security. So, on the 25th with 5 days left before my separation I started to make my military service deposit that I could have easily made earlier if it had not been for Ms. Leslie's misinformation. it took me until monday Sept 30 2013 to gwet my esimate of military pay. I need to deposit 3% plus interest from my IAD (Interest Acrual Date) The erson handling my case, Jewel, took off friday and monday of that weekend so was not available when I needed to make the deposit. the next day the government shut down. I have been unable to move forward on my retirement issues. I have EEO complaints in about then 30 something but regardless of how that turns out I should be allowed to make my deposit for military service. so that my retirement does not suffer because of information I was misinformed about.
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