DEMOTION — See CHANGE TO LOWER GRADE
DENIAL OF WITHIN-GRADE INCREASE — The decision
to withhold (not grant) a within-grade increase to a General
Schedule employee because of a determination that the
employee's performance is not at an acceptable level of
DETAIL — A temporary assignment of an employee
to a different position for a specified period, with the
employee returning to his or her regular duties at the
end of the detail.
DIRECT HIRING AUTHORITY — OPM-approved agency recruiting
plans, which expedite recruitment of persons for appointment
to positions in shortage occupations.
DISABILITY RETIREMENT PAY (from a uniformed service)
— Money paid by a uniformed service for disability
incurred in or the proximate result of performance of
DISABLED VETERAN — Means a person who was separated
under honorable conditions from active duty in the Armed
Forces performed at any time and who has established the
present existence of a service-connected disability or
is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits,
or pension because of a public statute administered by
the Department of Veterans Affairs or a military department.
DISCHARGE — A nature of action used for an agency-initiated
separation (for work performance and/or misconduct or
delinquency) of an employee who was serving on an appointment
that did not afford appeal rights.
DISCHARGE DURING PROBATION/TRIAL PERIOD — An agency-initiated
separation (for pre-appointment conditions or for post-appointment
work performance and/or misconduct or delinquency) of
an employee who was serving initial appointment probation
or was serving on a trial period required by civil service
or agency regulations.
DISCHARGE UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS — Means either
an honorable or a general discharge from the Armed Forces.
The term does not apply to the honorable discharge given
an enlisted person to allow commissioning as an officer
without a break in service. In this situation the officer's
discharge must be under honorable conditions.
DUAL COMPENSATION — Payment for more than one civilian
office involving a total of more than 40 hours a week.
DUTY STATION — The city/town, county, and State
in which the employee works. For most employees, this
will be the location of the employee's work site.