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    Frequently Asked Questions::Must agencies file Standard Form 50 (SF-50) for awards in employees' Official Personnel Folders (OPF)?

    Must agencies file Standard Form 50 (SF-50) for awards in employees' Official Personnel Folders (OPF)?

    No. Agencies are not required or authorized to file documentation for awards on the right side (i.e., the long-term side) of the OPF, except that agencies must file SF-50's for Presidential Rank awards and Quality Step Increases (QSI). Agencies are required to document when an individual receives a Presidential Rank award because senior executives are eligible to receive a Presidential Rank award no more than once in a 5 year period. Agencies must document QSIs because they are pay actions that affect employees' basic pay. (For further information, see OPM's Guide to Personnel Recordkeeping.)

    Agencies may file documentation of award action in the Employee Performance File when maintained on the left side of the OPF (temporary documents) at their option. Agencies should remove any actions kept on the left side of the OPF when the employee leaves the agency.

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