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Frequently Asked Questions Performance Management

Why does OPM require higher-level management review of a Level 1 (Unacceptable) rating of record?

An Unacceptable rating of record bars granting step increases, may result in a performance-based adverse action, and removes retention rights in a reduction in force.  For these reasons, there must be an extra measure of assurance that a Level 1 rating of record has been properly assigned.  The requirement for higher-level review of a rating of record that could have significant consequences for the employee is a prudent measure of protection for employees.

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