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These pages summarize the Federal position classification appeals process. Throughout these pages, "you" refers to a current Federal employee, "we" or "us" refers to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and "classification appeal" refers to classification appeals by General Schedule (GS) employees and job grading appeals by Federal Wage System (FWS) employees.

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Who does what?

Position classification appeals employee fact sheet for current Federal employees

Searching law and regulations online

What may be appealed and what may not be appealed?

What you should do before you appeal

What are a current Federal employee's appeal choices?

Why you may not file a classification appeal electronically

Information that should be included in a classification appeal filed with OPM

Information that should be included in the Agency Administrative Report

OPM fact finding

What is an OPM appeal decision based on?

What happens after OPM makes a decision?

Classification appeals, retroactive effective dates, and back pay

What is the likely result of a classification appeal?

Cancellation or withdrawal of an appeal

OPM addresses, telephone numbers, and service areas for offices that provide classification appeal information and accept classification appeals

Contacting us electronically


How can there be positions with similar work but different classifications?

If my position is upgraded, am I entitled to back pay?

Introduction (PDF) (WP 5.1) to the Position Classification Standards, especially Appendix 4--Position Classification Appeals 

Classifier's Handbook (PDF) (WP 5.1)
General Schedule classification documents
Federal Wage System classification documents



You may not file a classification or
job grading appeal electronically.

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