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Frequently Asked Questions Performance Management

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 electronic formats.  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 do not meet the regulatory requirement.

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