Like other federal food safety and public health agencies, FSIS engages in major federal performance measurement initiatives, which allows the Agency to set meaningful goals to achieve the Agency's intended outcomes.
Performance standards are established for each employee in FSIS. The supervisor is responsible for establishing a performance plan for all eligible direct reports. This is accomplished through the Employee Performance Management Application (EPMA) system. The supervisor meets with the employee and discusses the employee’s performance with regard to each element in the performance standards. Ongoing communication is maintained with at least 4 quarterly conversations taking place during the rating cycle.
Supervisors are obligated to advise an employee when his/her performance drops below the fully successful level. When an employee’s performance drops below the fully successful level, contact the Human Resources Business Systems Division (HRBSD) at PerformanceManagement@usda.gov for assistance in:
- Monitoring the employee’s performance; and
- Placing the employee in a Demonstration Opportunity (DO).