5 CFR 430.305 - System standards for SES performance management systems.
(5) Derive an annual summary rating through a mathematical method that ensures executives' performance aligns with level descriptors contained in performance standards that clearly differentiate levels above fully successful, while prohibiting a forced distribution of rating levels for senior executives;
(6) Establish five summary performance levels as follows:
(i) An outstanding level;
(ii) An exceeds fully successful level;
(iii) A fully successful level;
(iv) A minimally satisfactory level; and
(v) An unsatisfactory level;
(7) Include equivalency statements in the system description for agency-specific terms for the five summary performance levels aligning them with the five performance levels required in § 430.305(a)(6); and
(c) OPM may establish, and refine as needed, a basic performance management system incorporating all requirements of this section, which agencies may adopt, with limited adaptation, for performance management of its senior executives.