USA Performance User Resources and Training


USA Performance (USAP) is an automated, web-based tool that assists in the implementation of their Senior Executive Service performance management programs. It provides stream-lined, easily accessible, on-line performance plans. USAP allows Executives and Rating Officials to develop performance plans, provide feedback and ratings, and electronically sign performance plans. 

USA Performance Roles
Role Definition
Executive Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior-Level T-42 Executives (or their proxies) may create and edit their own plans. They must sign their own plan at each stage of the performance management cycle.
Proxy Individual assigned by the SES or Senior-Level T-42 executive or Rating Official. Proxies can perform all the duties of the user to which they are assigned except they cannot sign the plan on behalf of an Executive or Rating Official.
Rating Official The individual to whom the SES or Senior-Level T-42 Executive reports. They approve and sign the establishment of performance plans for their subordinate executives, provide feedback in progress reviews, and prepare end-of-year ratings.

Things to remember

  • Your user name is your email address. You'll receive an email with your initial password from
  • USA Performance currently works with Internet Explorer version 10 and above and Google Chrome version 39 and above.
  • Executives and Rating Officials may choose, but are not required, to have a Proxy.  If a Proxy is desired, the Executive or Rating Official must assign their Proxy in USAP. 
  • When working on a plan within the system, it is important to save your work often since the system can time out. Tip: Draft narratives in a word processing program and then paste it into the USAP plan so you don’t risk losing your work if the system times out.
  • The Rating Official must sign prior to the Executive.  
  • Once a Plan is signed, it cannot be edited without first removing all signatures.  It may then be edited and will need to be re-signed.
  • NIH/OHR User Guides are updated frequently, so it is best not to print but to refer to the Guide on line when you need it.
  • When working in the system, remember to select the correct rating year.


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