- Provide the employee with a 30-day advance written notice of the proposed action. The notice must identify specific instances of unacceptable performance on which the action is based. Objectives/Responsibilities involved must be listed. The unacceptable performance must have occurred during the one-year period that ends on the date of the proposed notice.
- The employee is entitled to be represented by an attorney, a union official or other representative.
- The employee must be given a reasonable amount of time to answer orally and/or in writing. The answer will be provided to the deciding officical, normally the next level supervisor over the proposing official.
- The employee is entitled to have access to all materials relied upon for the proposed notice.
These requirements do not apply to probationary or trial-status employees. Guidance in such cases is available from the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC).