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Progressive Discipline

A system of escalating communications (both oral and written) for behavior that does not meet expected and communicated work conduct standards and/or has a nexus to employment with the Department. Progressive discipline may or may not be considered formal disciplinary action and is applied where practicable to place employee on notice of desired behavior and/or rehabilitate the employee. Examples of informal progressive discipline include, but are not limited to: letters of counseling; oral and/or written admonishments; leave restrictions; and Absent Without Leave (AWOL) notices. Examples of formal progressive discipline include, but are not limited to: a reprimand, various levels of suspension and a removal from federal service. Accordingly, management officials have the discretion to consider progressive discipline. The penalty for an instance of misconduct or performance issues should be tailored to the facts and individual circumstances.

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