OPM has told agencies to report by May 13 on their fiscal 2021 performance ratings and the resulting performance-based pay increases and awards for SES members and other career employees at senior levels.
Submission of such data “is a procedural requirement that must be met for an agency to receive system certification” as making meaningful distinctions between levels of performance, a memo said. Almost all agencies have that certification, which allows them to pay up to a higher cap for such positions and which also allows for a higher “total compensation” cap of pay and awards combined.
Agencies are to report only on actions already taken, not those still in progress, and are to protect personally identifiable information, it adds.
The SES evaluation system in particular has come under scrutiny for years as producing top-heavy ratings. Its last report before it stopped publicly posting that data showed that of roughly 6,700 career execs rated in 2016, 52 percent received the top rating of “outstanding” and 41 percent were rated as one level below, “exceeds fully successful.” Almost all of the rest were rated as “fully successful.”