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Frequently Asked Questions Performance Management

What should an agency consider in establishing the length of its appraisal period?

Agencies must look at the nature of the work done by various organizations and determine what length of time is appropriate as the basis for measuring employee performance.  Agencies are encouraged to designate a single appraisal period (i.e., 1 year) as the standard appraisal period throughout the agency, with the built-in flexibility to accommodate individual or mass transitions between programs.  Otherwise, an agency system must define any limits (maximum length, minimum length, or acceptable range) within which it will permit appraisal programs to select their appraisal periods.

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