Notice of Staff Manual Guide on Peer Review Program Policy

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logoIn accordance with Article 3, Section 2B of the CBA, FDA provided notice to NTEU of its plan to implement Staff Manual Guide (SMG) 3114.3 governing a Peer Review Program Policy.

The Office of Personnel Management recommends the use of evaluation panels staffed by scientific matter experts and human resource specialists to collaborate and build consensus for grade level determination when a scientist is recruited, promoted, converted or recertified to a scientific position. As a result, the FDA is seeking to establish and implement a Peer Review Program to ensure the appropriate and consistent evaluation of scientists performing work at the 13, 14 and 15 grade levels and medical officers at the grade 15 level.

NTEU has requested a briefing to gather additional information about this program and to determine whether there are any negotiable issues.

I welcome your feedback on this subject.