713 Selection

713.1 Equal Opportunity Policies

The selection or non-selection of employees for training must not be based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity, such as transgender status), national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or retaliation for engaging in an EEO-protected activity. As part of its Equal Employment Opportunity program, the Postal Service prohibits discrimination or harassment based on any of these.

In addition, the Postal Service prohibits discrimination or harassment based on marital and parental status; past, present, or future military service; or factors unrelated to merit.

713.2 Selection Considerations

Except as otherwise specified in collective bargaining agreements, selecting individuals for training must be based on:

  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 training is likely to improve an employee’s performance.
  4. An employee’s interest in and efforts to improve work performance.
  5. An employee’s ability to pass the training onto others upon the employee’s return to the job, if appropriate.
  6. An 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, successfully completing a training or development program does not guarantee promotion or selection to a given vacancy or otherwise mean that the employee will obtain a promotion.

Many learning experiences considered beneficial to the individual and to the organization do not necessarily lead to advancement. These include experiences that may help the employee acquire new or improved behaviors for improving performance in his or her current job.