This memorandum provides policy guidance on how to consistently address accretion-of-duties promotions within the Department and is effective immediately.

The Department of Energy's Merit Promotion Plan permits the use of accretion-of-duties promotions as an exception to competitive procedures. The ability to effect noncompetitive promotions based on accretion-of-duties is an important staffing tool available to supervisors. Whenever possible, supervisors and servicing Human Resources Offices will ensure that a reasonable and accurate career ladder is established before a position is filled. Following good management practices, supervisors should be aware of the duties assigned or assumed by their staff, and exercise caution when  changes result in the unintentional growth or erosion of assignments sufficient to affect the grade level.