Effective October 1, 2018, the Department of the Interior has transitioned to a new performance management policy for general workforce employees. The revised Departmental Manual (DM) chapter 370 DM 430 establishes a new performance management system for non-SES/SL/ST employees. The most significant difference in the policy is that the Department is changing from a five-level to a four-level rating system, eliminating the “Minimally Successful” rating level. Additional changes include revised names and descriptions for the remaining four rating levels, streamlined procedural requirements, and changes to performance-based awards eligibility.
Please see this detailed set of Frequently Asked Questions to read a summary of all of the substantive changes, as well as to learn about the entire performance appraisal process. Additional detailed guidance to accompany 370 DM 430 is available in the revised and expanded Performance Management Handbook. Employee Performance Appraisal Plan (EPAP) forms have also been updated for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees and must be used for all new performance plans issued after October 1. If you have any questions, please contact your servicing Human Resources Office.
The DM chapter covering performance-based awards – 370 DM 451.2 – will be updated shortly to reflect the change to award eligibility included in 370 DM 430. Other guidance below remains in effect without changes.