HR Strange But True!
March 24, 2009

One way to guarantee that you receive a high rating in a performance evaluation is to complete it yourself, without your supervisor knowing about it. Doing that can also land you in a bunch of hot water, especially if a you work for the federal government, as one former Department of Energy employee discovered recently.

The Department of Justice says that a man who worked for the Department of Energy's Office of Public Affairs authored and submitted to the department a performance evaluation that falsely indicated he had earned the highest possible performance rating from his former supervisor.

The department says the man did so in order to justify an annual performance award he had improperly arranged to receive. The Department of Justice says that no Department of Energy employee, including the man's former supervisor, approved an annual performance award for him.

The man worked for the Department of Energy from November 2006 to August 2008 and was responsible for overseeing the process through which many employees of the Office of Public Affairs received annual performance awards.

The man recently pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for July 16, 2009.

Source: Justice Department

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