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2012 Technical/Clerical/Support Guidelines


All NIH employees or groups of employees in grades GS-1 through GS-9 performing various office support and miscellaneous clerical and assistance duties. This category also applies to the performance of Wage Grade-equivalent technical work in trades, crafts, or labor work. NOTE: Nominations containing employees in grades higher than a GS-09 or equivalent will not be considered in the selection process.


  • Outstanding efforts in applying technical or clerical support skills to accomplish the NIH mission.
  • Extraordinary initiative in carrying out activities to improve NIH program operations or to benefit the NIH environment.
  • Remarkable competence, compassion, or heroism in an emergency situation at the NIH.
  • Sustained and exceptional performance beyond regular duty requirements in carrying out a difficult task.