Tag: awards

Performance Awards & Negotiable Aspects

In general, awards in the federal service are not considered an entitlement.  That statement is the prevailing guiding principle.  However, in 1997 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued significant rules deregulating performance management systems and related awards.

Performance Appraisals: Mid-Year Reviews

Performance evaluations, also called performance appraisals, performance ratings, and performance management, can be controversial for a number of reasons.  For example, some agencies directly link performance ratings to performance award amounts, either as a flat rate cash award based on…

Performance Rating for Federal Employees

We receive many inquiries surrounding a performance rating affecting a federal employee.  Some inquiries are ambiguous (i.e., “can they rate me an Excellent?”) and some are very specific (i.e., “what are the minimum number of days of observed performance required?”).…