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How are scientists selected for panel service?

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How are scientists selected for panel service?

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All Category 1 scientists in grades GM/S-13 and above are eligible for appointment to the Research Position Evaluation Committee (RPEC). After completing mandatory new panelist training, RPEC members are available for assignment to panel service. The majority of scientists are selected for appointment to ensure that each Peer Group has an adequate representation on the RPEC. The RPE Staff recommends new appointees when developing annual panel review schedules. Area Directors affirm these nominees or designate replacements. A second significant source is direct nomination by Area Directors. These are usually new Research Leaders with no prior panel experience. Appointment to the RPEC is for an indefinite period. Panelists actually serve an average of once per year. Area Directors (not the RPE Staff) are authorized to relieve you from scheduled panel service for reasons acceptable to the Area Director. Scientists are removed from the RPEC only if they manifest disruptive behavior by purs

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