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    Frequently Asked Questions::Can an agency assume that most employees are performing at an acceptable level (i.e., rate...

    Can an agency assume that most employees are performing at an acceptable level (i.e., rate by exception)?

    No. The statute requires that each employee be appraised against his or her performance standard(s). It does not allow for appraising an employee by "presuming" that an employee is meeting performance standards. For the same reason, the process for appraising employees described by the regulations at part 430 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, does not provide for any "assumed" levels of performance. However, this requirement to rate should not be interpreted as a requirement to generate lengthy written justification of element appraisals and summary level assignment. Agencies may choose to make recording the determination that performance meets the Fully Successful standard a very simple procedure.

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