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About RPES

The Research Position Evaluation System (RPES) is the classification process to assess Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Category 1 research scientists based on their research objectives, results, scientific contributions, and stature.  They are reviewed on a cyclical basis to determine if they have made significant impact in the job and are then classified under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) classification guidelines.

The RPES applies only to ARS Category 1 research positions.The guidance used in these evaluations is provided by the OPM in the Research Grade Evaluation Guide (RGEG) and can be found here.

For more information regarding the RPES system, please visit our Axon page (for internal users only).