New civilian appraisal program set to start in April

(Courtesy graphic)

(Courtesy graphic)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Air Force will roll out a new civilian appraisal program in April, designed to improve overall job performance, enhance supervisor and employee communication and more effectively develop and reward the workforce.  

The change will affect wage grade and general service employees and is a change leaders at Kirtland’s Civilian Personnel Office said will have a major impact on improving workplace efficacy and morale. 

“I’m very excited about this new program,” said Kathleen Ryder, civilian personnel officer.  “Everyone here is important and what they do is important, so we need to find a way to make sure everyone knows they are valued.  I think this program will accomplish that goal.”

The new program, called the DOD Performance Management and Appraisal Program, will link employee duties and performance to an organization’s mission and goals.  It will also make distinctions in overall job performance and will include a three-tier level rating – outstanding, fully successful and unacceptable. 

“It is a collaborative effort between employee and supervisor,” said Debby Kantorowicz, human resources specialist at Kirtland.  “It’s a chance for the supervisors to shine by helping their employees perform at a higher standard.”

Kantorowicz said primarily, DPMAP aims to improve communication between supervisors and employees.  Its focus is on clear guidance, two-way communication and continuous feedback, and will be used to inform personnel-based decisions, such as awards, promotions, training and other developmental opportunities.

“Supervisors will have a bigger and brighter presence with their employees, and employees will have greater input and have a greater opportunity to have their voices and opinions heard,” she said.  “I think we’ll achieve a higher level of work performance and happier employees.” 

Ryder said as the program becomes fully implemented, she expects there will be fewer disciplinary actions and employees placed on Performance Improvement Plans 

Civilians and supervisors are required to complete mandatory educational training on DPMAP by 31 Jan. Web-based training can be found at Joint Knowledge Online (