The FMLA requires return to equivalent position. It does not require return to the same position. It is also important for federal employees to remember that FMLA works a little differently in enforcement in federal service than in non-federal. It is very important to consult with an attorney who is experienced with helping federal employees.
Attorney Kirk J. Angel has been representing federal employees for many years. If you are a federal employee, you can set a free 15 minute consultation today at: https://theangellawfirm.com/federal-employees