Section 1--Basis for Granting or Denying
Within-grade increases will be granted or denied on the basis of whether an employee attains an acceptable level of competence and meets other statutory requirements.
Section 2--Supervisory Responsibilities
A. The decision to grant or withhold a within-grade increase must be supported by the employee's most recent appraisal.
B. Denial of a within-grade increase may not be used in lieu of disciplinary action.
C. At any time during the waiting period when a supervisor's evaluation leads to a conclusion that an acceptable level of competence is not being met, the supervisor will provide the employee with a minimum of 60 days to improve. When such notice is necessary the employee will be given:
l. an explanation of each aspect of job-related activities in which he/she falls below an acceptable level and how this renders his/her performance on the job, as a whole, below an acceptable level;
2. a statement of the acceptable level of competence in each of those areas; and
3. a statement as to what the employee must do to achieve an acceptable level of competence in identified areas.
After completion of the waiting period, if the within-grade increase is to be denied, the employee will be given the supervisor's official determination in writing. The determination will include:
A. a statement of the reasons for the negative determination;
B. identification of the areas in which the employee must improve in order to be granted a within-grade increase;
C. the right to request a reconsideration not more than 15 days after receiving the negative determination;
D. the statement: "Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5335(c), an employee must request