On 14 January 2008, I was formally advised by the US Army's Civilian Personnel Advisory Center-Heidelberg (CPAC Heidelberg), Germany that I was tentatively selected for a permanent, full-time Management Analyst position in Heidelberg, Germany. I was eligible to apply for this position under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (pending retirement from the armed forces effective 1 Feb 08).
I accepted the tentative offer, filled out all necessary paperwork as requested and returned it almost a week prior to the suspense date.
However, I was formally advised by the same office on 23 January that CPAC Heidelberg could not continue with the offer, and it was rescinded. The attached formal letter cited the reason for recission was "per management request" and I was unable to get any further information from the office.
This action seems to be out of the ordinary. From what I understand, recissions of job offers are usually the result of unfavorable information gleaned from investigations, or the candidate's unwillingness/inability to comply with pre-employment requirements. The only two pre-employment conditions imposed on me were a NACI background check (I already have an active, current Top Secret SCI) and a current driver's license.
Having this offer rescinded during this timeframe created a rather painful and somewhat expensive hardship for myself and my family.
Do you have any insight on on what constitutes a "per management request" recission within the federal government? Can the Army or any other federal agency rescind an offer any time it wishes?