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Employee Performance and Recognition

The NSF performance management cycle for non-executive employees begins on April 1st and runs through March 31st of the following year. Employees and managers work together to build a performance plan that includes individual critical elements that align with organization goals. Continuous feedback is encouraged throughout the year and at least one mid-year review discussion is required, typically between July and September. Employees receive a final performance appraisal in April that includes a summary narrative and rating based on the employee's actual performance throughout the performance cycle. Employee performance is recognized through monetary and non-monetary awards, including performance-based awards, time-off awards and recognition at the annual NSF Director's Awards ceremony.

Rating Executive Performance

The performance management cycle for NSF executives begins on October 1st and runs through September 30th of the following year. Ratings of SES performance must be based on evidence of performance against written performance requirements and standards issued for the position that are aligned with the NSF Strategic Plan and written with respect to the relevant rating period. Within that framework, rating officials must consider all relevant indicators of levels of performance, to include relationships between organizational success and individual employee performance, and between employee conduct and employee performance.