2. assign the employee duties commensurate with his/her current grade:

the career ladder plan may be suspended and the employee will remain at the level he/she attained within the career ladder,

or

the employee may be assigned to another position at the same grade and step.

In either case, the employee may be reinstated back into the career  ladder plan noncompetitively.

Section 5 - - Applicability of Competitive Procedures

A. Promotions. Any selection for promotion must be made on a competitive basis unless it is excluded by Section 6 below.

B. Reassignments/Changes to Lower Grade. Any selection to a position that provides specialized X-118 or X-118C experience that the employee does not already have and is required for subsequent promotion to a designated higher grade position and/or to a position with known promotional potential must be  made on a competitive basis.

C. Details. Competitive procedures will be applicable to any selection for detail of more than 120 days to a higher graded position, to a position with known promotional potential, or a position which provides specialized X-118 or X-118C experience required for subsequent promotion to a designated higher graded position.

D. Training. Competitive procedures will be applicable to selections for training when eligibility for promotion to a particular position depends on whether the employee has completed that training.

E. Appointments. Competitive procedures apply to the transfer of a Federal employee or to the reinstatement of a former Federal employee to a position above the highest grade previously held permanently (unless the position is a higher-graded successor position as described in Section 6 D 5) or to a position at or below that grade if the position has promotional potential above the highest grade previously held permanently. The employee must not have been demoted or separated for personal cause from the higher grade(s) and, when competitive procedures apply, must rank among the best qualified with eligible SSA employees to be eligible for appointment.  To the extent feasible, the same qualification standards and the same methods of evaluation will be applied to both SSA employees and persons being considered for appointment to higher graded positions above the highest grade previously held