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Performance and awards

As a Commerce employee, your performance at work is measured and rewarded through a performance management system.

Most employees are covered under one of two types of systems: 5-Level or the Commerce Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). The system you are covered by depends on where you work. (Note: NIST and PTO administer their own performance management systems. These systems are not covered here.)

Both systems have similar features, with a few notable differences. The resources below will give information on both 5-Level and CAPS, including an overview of the performance management planning process, performance plan content, and awards available under each system.

For further information, see our HR Practitioners section on performance management or contact your servicing human resources office.

Performance management