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No. Crediting provisions are not tied to performance cycle dates. They can be applied only to ratings of record put on record (i.e., given to the employee with all appropriate reviews and signatures and available to the office responsible for establishing retention registers). Many agencies establish a cut-off date after which no new ratings of record will be put on record for use in a specific reduction in force. Using a cut-off date could be particularly helpful when an agency uses anniversary-date cycles, since there is no other single, clear-cut date available to signify when the last creditable appraisal period ended.
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