713 Selection

713.1 Equal Opportunity Policies

The selection or non-selection of employees to participate in training must not be based on race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, military service, or genetic information. As part of its program of equal employment opportunity, the Postal Service prohibits discrimination or harassment based on any of these categories. In addition, it is also the policy of the Postal Service to prohibit discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, past, present, or future military service, or factors unrelated to merit.

713.2 Selection Considerations

Except as otherwise specified in the collective bargaining agreements, the following factors must be considered in selecting individuals for training:

  1. The degree to which an employee’s improved performance will benefit the Postal Service by helping to achieve immediate organizational needs.
  2. The relative degree of an employee’s need for training.
  3. The extent to which an employee’s performance is likely to be improved by training.
  4. An employee’s own interest in and efforts to improve work performance.
  5. The ability of an employee to pass the training on to others upon return to the job, if appropriate.
  6. The employee’s career goals and the knowledge and experience required to achieve them.

713.3 Assignment After Training

Unless specifically stated in current directives or a collective bargaining agreement, successful completion of a training or development program does not guarantee promotion or selection to a given vacancy. Many learning experiences that are considered beneficial to the individual and to the organization do not necessarily lead to advancement. An employee’s success in completing a training or development program does not always mean the employee will obtain a promotion; it may mean that the employee has acquired new or improved behaviors for improving performance in his or her current job.