Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
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A critical element is a work assignment or responsibility of such
importance that unacceptable performance on that element would result in
a determination the employee's overall performance is unacceptable. The
regulations require employees have at least one critical element in
their performance plans. Critical elements must address performance at
the individual level only.
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