Brother, let’s not overthink this. When a facility can select people, the ATM (or usually the NATCA Rep) gets the list of people who applied and ranks them one through whatever in order of the receiving facilities preference. The NCEPT panel will then give that facility the highest ranked people that are still available on their list (unless dynamic decisions are made at the table). When the paperwork was submitted is not considered. Now if you had multiple people from the same departing facility, both SELECTED to the same receiving, only then would paperwork submission dates come into play to see which person would be offered to leave first.
Do you have any tips for the peeps on how to get ranked high on a facility's ranking list? Some ppl think you dress up in Brooks Brothers and go in w 2 dozen donuts and have a secret handshake w the ATM and bring a copy of your mostly fluffed up resume too. Does this still work in 2019!? I'd prefer to just sweet talk the RVP on the NCEPT panel itself. That's a big prob tho when one of them is so Southie gangsta. Red Sox rule kid! Wicked pissah!