498 Inspection Service Awards

498.1 Overview

The characteristics of Inspection Service Awards are shown in Exhibit 498.1.

Exhibit 498.1 

Inspection Service Awards

 

Type

Who Is Eligible

Description

Approval Authority

Basis

Limit

Informal Award

All career Inspection Service employees

Cash equivalent, gift certificate, or noncash tangible item*

PCES executive

Recognition of outstanding performance, superior competence, or some other significant accomplishment.

Up to $3,000 per award.

Limit of $3,000 per fiscal year per employee.

Nonexecutive Award

All career Inspection Service employees

Cash

PCES executive

Recognition of outstanding performance, superior competence, or some other significant accomplishment.

Up to $5,000 per award.

Limit of $5,000 per fiscal year per employee.

*See 491.3 for more information on cash equivalent and noncash tangible awards.

498.2 Informal Award

498.21 Purpose

The purpose of the Inspection Service Informal Award is to recognize outstanding performance, superior competence, or some other significant accomplishment by a career Inspection Service employee.

498.22 Description

The Inspection Service Informal Award consists of a cash equivalent, gift certificate, or noncash tangible item valued at $3,000 or less. The recommending official is responsible for obtaining or purchasing locally any cash equivalent or noncash tangible merchandise items to be used as recognition. Purchasing must be done in accordance with established Postal Service and local policies and procedures. (See 491.3 for a description of cash equivalent and noncash tangible awards.)

498.23 Eligibility

All career U.S. Postal Inspection Service employees are eligible to receive the Inspection Service Informal Award.

498.24 Basis

The basis for the Inspection Service Informal Award is recognition of outstanding performance, superior competence, or some other significant accomplishment.

498.25 Approval Authority

The Inspection Service Informal Award must be approved by a PCES executive.

498.26 Processing

Inspection Service Informal Awards must be reported in eAwards under the appropriate Noncash Award type; either the Inspection Service Informal Cash Equivalent, Inspection Service Informal Gift Certificate, or Inspection Service Informal Non-Cash Tangible Award. (See 491.3 for more information on cash equivalent, gift certificate, and noncash tangible award reporting requirements.)

498.3 Non-Executive Award

498.31 Purpose

The purpose of the Inspection Service Non-Executive Award is to recognize outstanding performance, superior competence, or some other significant accomplishment by a career Inspection Service employee.

498.32 Description

The Inspection Service Non-Executive Award consists of a cash payment up to $5,000. Eligible Inspection Service employees may receive up to $5,000 in Non-Executive Awards per fiscal year.

498.33 Eligibility

All career employees of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are eligible to receive the Inspection Service Non-Executive Award.

498.34 Basis

The basis for the Inspection Service Non-Executive Award is recognition of outstanding performance, superior competence, or some other significant accomplishment.

498.35 Approval Authority

The Inspection Service Non-Executive Award must be approved by a PCES executive.

498.36 Processing

This award must be submitted and approved in eAwards using the Inspection Service Non-Executive Award. (See 491.31 for more information on cash awards.)