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Frequently Asked Questions Performance Management

Does the Federal Government recognize electronic signatures on performance appraisals?

Yes. The requirements dealing with electronic signatures are:

  • the signal or symbol must be unique to the signer
  • the "signature" must be capable of being verified and must be linked to the data being transmitted, including the effective date
  • control features must be in place to insure the authenticity of data on the form, including the electronic signature
  • such controls must provide reasonable assurance that deliberate or inadvertent manipulation, modification or loss of data on the electronically stored form is detected

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