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New civilian performance management and appraisal program on the horizon

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  • Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.-- The Defense Performance and Appraisal Program fosters a high-performance culture by linking the organizational mission and goals to individual performance plans.  This new program encourages regular communication and feedback during the appraisal cycle between employees and supervisors, resulting in increased employee engagement, morale, and effectiveness. 

A phased implementation of DPMAP began in April 2016 with a limited number of Army, Navy and defense agency civilians.  Department of the Air Force civilians are part of phase II with the first annual appraisal period beginning April 1, 2017, and closing March 31, 2018. 

Key features of DPMAP include a 3-level rating pattern (5-Outstanding; 3-Fully Successful; 1-Unacceptable), the development of individual performance plans and objectives, an automated performance appraisal tool, and continuous recognition and rewards. 

Training is now available to civilians and their supervisors in advance of the Air Force’s April 2017 transition to the DPMAP.  Training options include either the six-hour web-based training via Joint Knowledge Online, a 14-hour in-resident class, or a combination of the two and must be complete for transition into DPMAP.  The Joint Knowledge Online training is available at under course numbers PM101A for part one and PM101B for part two. 

While the online training is available now, Air Mobility Command employees will receive further information once DPMAP training is scheduled for their base.  “The online training option gives those telework eligible and ready employees an excellent opportunity to complete training at their telework location,” said Gregg Clark, Air Mobility Command, Executive Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Services.

 “Employee engagement is key to organizational effectiveness,” said Clark.  “DPMAP will increase employee engagement by fostering improved communication and collaboration between the employee and their supervisor.” 

Additional Air Force training related to DPMAP and New Beginnings, expected in the fall, includes a performance management coaching program that will provide short, facilitated, interactive learning opportunities. Performance management coaching will be implemented in group or individual sessions on topics such as active listening, holding critical conversations and developing performance standards.

For more information on the Air Force implementation of the DPMAP, visit myPers.

 Additional information on “New Beginnings” is available at: