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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.
Only when determining Unacceptable performance. The appraisal regulations permit non-critical elements to have a greater weight in determining the final summary level for an employee when assigning levels above Level 1. However, if performance on any critical element is appraised as Unacceptable, a Level 1 summary must be assigned and performance on a non-critical element can not be used to raise that summary above Level 1, no matter the weight it might receive in other circumstances. Also, any performance-based adverse action may be based only on a determination that performance is at the Unacceptable level on a critical element.
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