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    Frequently Asked Questions::Can individual critical elements be written to appraise the individual's contribution to the team?

    Can individual critical elements be written to appraise the individual's contribution to the team?

    Yes. The individual critical element required by the regulations must describe performance that is reasonably measured and controlled at the individual employee's level. Such performance includes individual contributions to the team, but does not include team performance. This means agencies have the option of making individually oriented decisions about an employee's job retention, as well as reduction-in-force retention standing, eligibility for within-grade increases, and eligibility for individually-based awards exclusively on the basis of the individual's contributions to the team, rather than team performance.

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