Posts Tagged ‘EER’
Unfortunately for most Foreign Service folks it is Employee Evaluation Report (EER) time again. The rating period ended on April 15, and if your post is being timely you should have your final submissions to the review panel right now.
I’ve written a lot of EERs – whether as the rated employee, rater, or reviewer. Over time you see the same mistakes being made, and while my more experienced colleagues have undoubtedly similar experience, here are a few things to avoid at all costs in your EER. Your EER is the only thing the panel sees when it comes to promotion time. Assuming promotion is important to you, you should give it your best effort.
This week a reader celebrated the end of FY11 (or the beginning of FY12) with an appropriate question;
What are some important deadlines a Foreign Service Specialist might get to deal with?
For completeness I’ll also include some examples of deadlines I know the FSOs deal with also (but current FSOs please feel free to chime in if I misspeak).
Probably the most important date to remember is October 1 of each year. As eluded to above, October 1 marks the beginning of the new fiscal year. Budgeting restarts anew. Money left over from last year is no longer available (in most cases). The weeks leading up to the end of the fiscal year (often acronymed “FY”) can be hectic, as bureau-specific deadlines for turning in reports, orders, reimbursements, travel receipts, can all coalesce into, in Steve Jobs’ words, “a big ball of hurt.” I know that Foreign Service Specialists are generally very busy approaching the end of the fiscal year; as they tend to be more operational in nature. The General Services Officers, Financial Management Officers, Office Management Specialists, Regional Security Officers, Security Engineering Officers, Facilities Managers, and Information Management Specialists all have major budget responsibilities that need to be taken care of around this time. Read the rest of this entry »