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    Frequently Asked Questions::Can an agency appraisal program provide for appraising non-critical elements at the Unacceptable level?

    Can an agency appraisal program provide for appraising non-critical elements at the Unacceptable level?

    Yes. Writing a performance standard for a non-critical element at the Fully Successful level and appraising that element at only two levels (e.g., Fully Successful and Unacceptable) has been done for some time and results in an employee being appraised as Unacceptable for that element. When a non-critical element is appraised at the Unacceptable level, it usually causes the summary rating of record to be lowered from what the appraisal on only the critical elements would merit. However, a non-critical element appraised at the Unacceptable level cannot lower the summary level to Level 1 or be the basis for a performance-based action under parts 432 or 752 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations. Also, the Office of Personnel Management encourages agencies to change the focus of their non-critical elements to more effectively use them to set goals and results-measures that distinguish among higher levels of performance above Fully Successful or equivalent.

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