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.
Yes, as long as it does not result in assigning a Level 1 (Unacceptable) summary. However, the Office of Personnel Management advises agencies that use non-critical elements to measure group or organizational performance to stipulate that if all of a non-supervisory General Schedule employee's critical elements and individual-level non-critical elements are appraised at least Fully Successful, the summary rating of record must be at least Level 3. This would prevent a within-grade increase being withheld on the basis of performance on a non-critical element measured at the group or organizational level, where the denial might not be upheld if appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
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