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Sample Critical Elements

When developing plans, please consider the following:

  • Critical elements should be written at Level 3 (Achieved Expected Results).
  • Critical elements should be realistic and reflect what needs to be done by the employee to meet the mission of the unit and support the objectives of the supervisors in the chain of command.
  • Select measures that add value and more fully clarify the level of performance that is desired.
  • Select measures that can be assessed accurately and easily.
  • Supervisors should communicate the methodologies to be employed for evaluating performance for each critical element.
  • Critical elements should be clear enough that they invoke a general consensus between the supervisor and employee as to their meaning.
  • If supervisors anticipate that an employee would have difficulty meeting Level 3 for any critical element, the servicing Employee Relations Specialist from the Employee and Labor Relations Team, Workforce Relations Division, OHR, should be contacted immediately.
  • All PMAP plans must have at least one individual performance outcome (under Section II.B.) that aligns or tracks back to the HHS Strategic Plan. The “cascade” element should be identified in the following way under the appropriate outcome in the performance plan: “This element also relates to and supports objectives in the HHS Strategic Plan, specifically [cite the specific objective].” For a suggestion as to which aspect of the HHS Strategic Plan these positions may cascade from, please see the cascading flow chart.
  • These sample plans should be customized to fit the particular expectations of the position.
  • The table is organized by series number.
  • The  Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management (OALM)  External Web Site Disclaimer  has developed critical elements on FAC-COR and Small Business requirements.
SeriesTitle
180

Psychology Series .pdf icon 

301

Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series .pdf icon 

301

Ethics Specialist GS-12 .pdf icon 

Ethics Specialist GS-13 .pdf icon 

301

Management Interns and Presidential Fellows .pdf icon 

301

Staff Assistant - GS-11/12 .pdf icon 

303

Administrative Technician .pdf icon 

303

Administrative Technician .pdf icon 

303

Lab Manager and Assistant  .pdf icon 

303

Program Assistant  .pdf icon 

303

Office Automation Clerk .pdf icon 

318

Secretary .pdf icon 

341

Administrative Officer Series .pdf icon 

343

Management Analysis Series .pdf icon 

401

Senior Investigator, Investigator, Senior Scientist or Senior Clinician .pdf icon 

403

Microbiology Series .pdf icon 

404

Research Assistant / Senior Research Assistant .pdf icon 

440

Genetics Series  .pdf icon 

501

Grants Financial Analyst  .pdf icon 

510

Accountant .pdf icon 

601

Scientific Review Administrator / Health Scientist Administrator .pdf icon 

601

Health Science Policy Analyst .pdf icon 

601

Science Program Analyst .pdf icon 

601

Epidemiologist .pdf icon 

602

Clinical Fellow/Research Fellow .pdf icon 

602

Medical Officer Series .pdf icon 

610

Clinical Nurse Specialist .pdf icon 

610

Clinical Research Nurse Level 1 .pdf icon 

Clinical Research Nurse Level 2 .pdf icon 

Clinical Research Nurse Level 3 .pdf icon 

644

Medical Technologist Series (GS-9) .pdf icon 

644

Lead Medical Technologist (GS-12) .pdf icon 

647

MRI Technologist (GS-11/12) .pdf icon 

647

Diagnostic Radiologic Technician Series .pdf icon 

685

Public Health Program Specialist .pdf icon 

802

Engineering Technician .pdf icon 

858

Biomedical Engineering Series .pdf icon 

1035

Public Affairs Series .pdf icon 

1102

Contracting Series .pdf icon 

1105

Purchasing Series .pdf icon 

1320

Chemistry Series .pdf icon 

1410

Reference Librarian .pdf icon 

1410

Systems Librarian .pdf icon 

1412

Technical Information Specialist .pdf icon 

2010

Inventory Management .pdf icon 

2210

IT Specialist - Customer Support .pdf icon 

IT Specialist - Data Management .pdf icon 

IT Specialist - Operating Systems .pdf icon 

IT Specialist - Security .pdf icon 

IT Specialist - Systems Administration .pdf icon 

IT Specialist - Systems Analysis .pdf icon 

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Staff Scientist .pdf icon 

varies

Web Editor .pdf icon 

 

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