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Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 1999 / Notices

chosen for evaluating the yearly contribution of DoD acquisition personnel in the three career paths:  (1) Business Management & Technical Management Professional, (2) Technical Management Support, and (3) Administrative Support.  Each factor has multiple levels of increasing contribution corresponding to the broadband levels.  Each factor contains descriptors for each respective level within the relevant career path.

CAREER PATH:(1) BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL

FACTOR:1. - PROBLEM SOLVING

FACTOR DESCRIPTION:

This factor describes/captures personal and organizational problem-solving results.

EXPECTED PERFORMANCE CRITERIA (Applicable to all contributions at all levels):

Work is timely, efficient, and of acceptable quality.  Completed work meets projects/programs objectives.  Flexibility, adaptability, and decisiveness are exercised appropriately.

Descriptors indicate the type of contribution appropriate for the high end of each level.  Descriptors are not to be used individually to assess contributions, but rather are to be taken as a group to derive a single evaluation of the factor.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

DISCRIMINATORS

 Level I

Performs activities on a task; assists supervisor or other appropriate personnel.

Resolves routine problems within established guidelines.

Independently performs assigned tasks within area of responsibility; refers situations to supervisor or other appropriate personnel when existing guidelines do not  apply.

Takes initiative in determining and implementing  appropriate procedures.

Scope/Impact

Complexity/Difficulty

Independence

Creativity

 Level II

Plans and conducts functional technical activities for projects/programs.

Identifies, analyzes, and resolves complex/difficult problems.

Independently identifies and resolves conventional problems which may require deviations from accepted policies or instructions.

Adapts existing plans and techniques to accomplish complex projects/programs. Recommends improvements to the design or operation of systems, equipment, or processes.

Scope/Impact

Complexity/Difficulty

Independence

Creativity

 Level III

Independently defines, directs, or leads highly challenging projects/programs. Identifies and resolves  highly complex problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods.

Develops, integrates, and implements solutions to diverse, highly complex problems across multiple areas and disciplines.

Anticipates problems, develops sound solutions and action plans to ensure program/mission accomplishment.

Develops plans and techniques to fit new situations to improve overall program and policies.  Establishes precedents in application of problem-solving techniques to enhance existing processes.

Scope/Impact

Complexity/Difficulty

Independence

Creativity

Level IV

Defines, establishes, and directs organizational focus (on challenging and highly complex project / programs).  Identifies and resolves highly complex problems that cross organizational boundaries and promulgates solutions.  Resolution of problems requires mastery of the field to develop new hypotheses or fundamental new concepts.

Assesses and provides strategic direction for resolution of mission critical problems, policies, and procedures.

Works at senior level to define, integrate, and implement strategic direction

Scope/Impact

Complexity/Difficulty

Independence

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