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No. Regulations do not require that the
appraisal period be ended to change appraisal programs.
need to remember that the regulations permit only a single
of record in a given appraisal period. When changing
may grant a rating of record, grant a performance rating
not summarize the entire period, or do nothing when changing
level patterns in the middle of an appraisal period. If an
provides for neither a rating of record nor a performance
it must ensure that an employee's performance prior to
is considered when deriving a rating of record under the new
at the end of the appraisal period.
Agencies that choose not to close the appraisal period
a rating of record should be aware of the possible
effects of not using performance levels agreed to at the
of the period to assess performance up to the time of
They should particularly anticipate employee concerns over
implications for assigning additional service credit in a
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