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    Frequently Asked Questions::Once an agencywide system has been approved by the Office of Personnel Management, does the...

    Once an agencywide system has been approved by the Office of Personnel Management, does the agency have to approve its appraisal programs before they can be implemented?

    Technically, no-the regulations are silent on this issue. However, once an agency's appraisal system has the Office of Personnel Management's approval, the agency is responsible for ensuring that all its appraisal programs comply with the policies and parameters contained within its system. The requirement for and timing of any actual review and approval of such programs are at agency discretion. Nevertheless, the Office of Personnel Management expects that most agencies will include some review and approval process, if only to ensure that program coverage is properly coordinated. That is, because programs must be mutually exclusive, with no employee covered by more than one program, some central oversight of all programs.

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