Section B - Developing Performance Plans
This section provides instructions for creating performance plans for employees, including:
Performance plans are documented on USDA Performance Appraisal forms:
|Importance of Communication||Establishing effective performance plans requires communication between the supervisor and the employee. The supervisor is expected to involve employees in the development of their performance plans, i.e. participation in standards development or commenting on draft plans, etc. While employees should be given an opportunity to comment and make suggestions on their performance plan, the final authority and responsibility for establishing performance plans rests with the supervisor.|
| Performance Cycle/Timeframes
USDA's performance cycle begins October 1 and ends September 30 of each year. The supervisor is required to provide each employee a performance plan:
| Requirements for All Employees
The following table provides performance plan requirements for all non-supervisory employees. Additional requirements for supervisors and for employees with safety and health and personally identifiable information (PII) responsibilities are described later in this section.
| Additional Requirements for Supervisory Employees
||Supervisory performance plans must contain appropriate measures for hiring reform, performance management accountability, cultural transformation and for obtaining and utilizing employee and/or customer feedback. Required text for hiring reform, performance management accountability, and cultural transformation and examples for utilizing employee and customer feedback are incorporated in the following mandatory critical elements:
Note: The RM/HRM/SML elements and standards must not be edited as they contain material required by OPM, USDA Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) and the USDA Performance Management Regulation. Additional language can be placed in the measures boxes within the Supervision element on the AD-435-S.
|Additional Requirements Regarding Safety & Health, PII, and Feedback||A performance element incorporating safety and health or responsibility for personally identifiable information (PII) is required for employees with those work assignments. The performance standard also should reflect the desired results and outcomes.|