What can an agency order based on a poor performance appraisal?
If you fail to meet an acceptable level of performance on a critical element, the first steps an agency must take are corrective in nature. These could include counseling, remedial training, and more direct supervision.

Many agencies use performance improvement plans to meet these requirements. These may involve written feedback on work products, oral counseling and guidance, or formal training sessions. There is no definitive rule on the length of the opportunity period.

If you fail to improve performance with respect to one or more critical elements, and after having been given a reasonable time to demonstrate acceptable performance, an agency may move to demote or fire you.

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