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    Frequently Asked Questions::Does an agency have to have written performance appraisals for its employees?

    Does an agency have to have written performance appraisals for its employees?

    The regulations read "written, or otherwise recorded." This language was chosen very deliberately to allow for use of the newer electronic formats available today. Although agencies do not have to write performance appraisals on paper, the appraisals must be recorded in some way and agencies must be able to produce a paper copy, if needed. Purely oral appraisals would not meet the regulatory requirement.

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