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    Frequently Asked Questions::Does an agency have to complete the current appraisal period (or rating cycle) before changing...

    Does an agency have to complete the current appraisal period (or rating cycle) before changing the number of summary levels?

    Technically, no. However, agencies need to consider carefully the effect that switching to a different pattern of summary levels, especially the two-level pattern, may have on employee expectations regarding performance appraisal results and their related consequences. Such expectations are established at the beginning of the appraisal period.

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