Section 1. General
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5335 and 5 CFR 531, an employee is entitled to receive a
within-grade increase subject to completion of the appropriate waiting period and
a determination that the employee’s work is of an acceptable level of competence.
Such determination will be made in accordance with applicable law and regulation.
Section 2. Advance Notice
Employees will be notified thirty (30) days before their within-grade increase is
Section 3. When Performance is Less than Acceptable
a. The basis for a determination of acceptable level of competence will
generally be the employee’s rating of record.
b. Whenever the supervisor determines that the employee’s work is not
"acceptable," the supervisor shall follow the provisions of Article 14.
c. No employee shall receive a negative determination without first being
provided with an opportunity to improve as provided for in Article 14.
Section 4. Negative Determination
a. When a determination is made that an employee’s work is not of an
acceptable level of competence (negative determination), the employee will
be notified in writing, as soon as possible after completion of the waiting
(1) Of the basis for the negative determination;
(2) Of the employee’s right to secure reconsideration of the negative
(3) Of the time limits within which the employee may request
b. Employees in the bargaining unit may be represented by Local 12 at any
stage of the reconsideration process.
Section 5. Effect of Change of a Negative Determination
When a negative determination is changed after reconsideration or through the
negotiated grievance procedure, the change supersedes the negative
determination. The effective date of the within-grade increase is the date on
which the within-grade increase would have otherwise become due.