05 FSIP 017: Attachment A - Glossary of Terms


Glossary of Terms

Annual Performance Rating

The annual performance rating is the employee's official rating of record as defined in the National Agreement, Article 12, Section 2A.

Assignment Rights

The right of an employee to be assigned, within their competitive area, by bump or retreat in the second round of competition to a position in a different competitive level held by another employee with lower standing on a retention register.


Assignment right to a position in a different competitive level that is occupied by another employee in a lower tenure group or in a lower subgroup.

Certificate of Expected Separation (CES)

A notice given to a competing employee, who the agency believes with a reasonable degree of certainty, will be separated from Federal employment by reduction in force procedures.

Competing Employee

An employee in tenure group I, II, or III in either the competitive or excepted service within the impacted competitive area.

Competitive Area

Boundaries within which employees compete for retention in a RIF and is always defined on the basis of organization and geography.

Competitive Level

A group of positions in the same grade and occupational series that have similar duties, qualification requirements, pay schedules and working conditions so that the incumbent of one position could move to any other of the positions in the same competitive level and perform successfully without undue interruption.


Calendar days.

Essentially Identical Position

A position is considered to be essentially identical to a position previously held by a released employee if, regardless of occupational series, the duties of the positions are so similar that they would be considered interchangeable and would be placed in the same competitive level.