When an employee's conduct is unacceptable, corrective measures called adverse actions may be appropriate. Examples of unacceptable conduct include leave abuse, failure to follow supervisory instructions, violation of the Standards of Conduct, etc. When a manager takes corrective measures for a conduct problem they will normally pursue what is called a progressive course of action. A progressive course of action begins with a relatively minor action such as an oral warning, but can go so far as to remove the employee from Federal service.
Progressive actions ensure that the employee is given adequate notice of the problem, identify what the employee must do to rectify it, and state the consequences if he/she does not correct or cease the inappropriate conduct.
Progressive actions are as follows:
- Oral counseling or warning
- Written warning or notice
- Written official reprimand
- Suspension of 14 days or less
- Suspension of 15 days or more
- Reduction in grade or pay
- Removal of the employee from Federal service
- 370 DM 752 - DOI Discipline and Adverse Action Chapter
- FWS Employee Relations Handbook for Managers
- Headquarters e-bulletin
- DOI Personnel Manager
Additional Information can be found at:
- Biological Sciences Development Plan Materials (to develop your new employees)
- Employee Relations Handbook
- OIG Report on Conduct and Discipline (June 2004) A Case Study
For questions or concerns, please contact Rebekah Giddings at 703-358-2117.