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IBC Service Level Agreements - Human Resources Directorate

A service level agreement (SLA) defines the level of service you expect when working with IBC, laying out the metrics by which service is measured. Toggle the Areas of Service below to view IBC SLAs and performance results.

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Metrics by Service

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Implementing New Federal Pay and Personnel Regulatory Requirements Requirements received with sufficient lead time 100% implementation of all changes within timeframe mandated or work-around solutions mutually agreed to as an interim 100.00%   100.00%  
Implementing New Federal Pay and Personnel Regulatory Requirements Requirements with a retroactive effective date or when sufficient lead time not provided 100% implementation of all changes scheduled for an upcoming FPPS Release with work-around solutions mutually agreed to as an interim        
Payroll Accuracy Pay and leave processed accurately 99.8% accuracy based on information received and in IBC’s control 99.61%  99.94% 99.66%  
Disbursements Disbursements are made on or before the scheduled process date 99.9% timely payroll disbursements 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Disbursements Disbursements are made on or before the scheduled process date 99.9% timely payroll disbursements 100.00% 100.00%  100.00%  
Reports  External reports/interfaces completed by scheduled due dates 99% timely reports/interfaces 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Reports External reports/interfaces completed by scheduled due dates 99% accuracy based on information provided 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Benefits Updates Transmission of employee update files to external benefit providers within established timeframes. Includes: Long Term Care, Flexible Spending Account, Dental/Vision Benefit, Federal Employee Health Benefit files.  98% timely file submissions 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Hours of Operation Payroll staff available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MT); Excluding federal holidays. 99% available 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Phone Response Customer phone calls are answered within 30 seconds 80% of customer phone calls are answered within 30 seconds

Definition: Customer phone calls are answered within 30 seconds
    53.02%  
Phone Call Abandon Rate   Less than 5% of calls received are abandon by customers. Calls abandoned excludes short abandons (<15 second abandons).     6.04%  
Email Response Customer's email to the CSC mailboxes are sent an acknowledged receipt within 2 hours

95% of customer emails to CSC mailboxes are receipt acknowledged within 2 hours.

Definition: Remedy generated email to customer when an incident is opened satisfies acknowledgment.

94.00%  85.00% 88.00%  
Customer Support - Payroll Customer's payroll issues are resolved or escalated to next Tier Help within 24 business hours or less.

95%of customer's issues are resolved within 24 business hours or less (this equates to 2 - 3 business days or less)

Definition: Tickets are considered resolved when the ticket is closed in the Remedy tracking system.

98.70%  99.50% 99.70%  
Customer Support - Systems/Application Customer's systems/applications issues resolved or escalated to next Tier Help within 48 business hours.

95% of customer's issues resolved within 48 business hours or less (this equates to 4 - 5 business days or less)

Definition: Tickets are considered resolved when the ticket is closed in the Remedy tracking system.

95.80%  96.51% 96.49%  
System Availability
FPPS
Production system available Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. MT; Saturday 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT; Excluding federal holidays, and during payroll processing or other regularly scheduled outages. Additional hours available upon request for special circumstances 97% available 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
System Availability
Web FPPS
Production system available to the client Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. MT, Saturday 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT; Excluding federal holidays, during payroll processing or other regularly scheduled outages.  Additional hours available upon request for special circumstances. 97% available 100.00%  99.98% 99.85%  
System Availability
Quicktime 
Production system available Monday through Friday, 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. MT; Saturday 4:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. MT; Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bureau of Land Management and DOI Office of the Secretary only. Excluding federal holidays and other regularly scheduled outages. Scheduled maintenance may be performed after 6:00 p.m. MT as necessary with prior notification. 97% available  100.00%  99.97% 94.86%  
System Availability
webTA
Production system available Monday through Friday, 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. MT; Saturday 4:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. MT; Excluding federal holidays and other regularly scheduled outages. Scheduled maintenance may be performed after 6:00 p.m. MT as necessary with prior notification. 97% available 99.95%  99.95% 99.35%  
System Availability
Workforce Transformation Tracking System
Production system available Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. MT; Saturday 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT. Excluding federal holidays and other regularly scheduled outages.  97% available 100.00%  100.00% 99.47%  
System Availability
FedTalent Learning and Performance Management System
Production system available 24x7 excluding regularly scheduled outages, including each Sunday from 2:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 97% available 99.17%  99.94% 99.90%  
System Availability
Datamart
Production System available Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. MT, Saturday 5:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MT. Excluding federal holidays and during payroll processing and other regularly scheduled outages. Additional hours available upon request for special circumstance. 97% available 99.97%  100.00% 100.00%  
System Performance Internal system response time within established parameters. 95% available 99.81%  99.77% 99.55%  
System Operations User access granted within 72 hours of request. 98% access granted within 72 hours or less 100.00%  100.00% 99.95%  
Retirement Submissions to OPM Submission of retirement records to OPM within 30 days of separation. 85% timely submission to OPM of retirement records within 30 days of separation. 82.08%  92.53% 85.02%  

Comments

  • QTR 3, Metric #3: POD did not meet this metric due to a programming error that resulted in about 5,000 records needing to be setup for recomputation in pay period 2023-11 and 2023-12. Corrective action has been taken to attempt to prevent this issue from happening in the future. 
  • QTR 3, Metric #10 & #12: The CSC helpdesk did not meet these metrics due to a temporary surge in ticket volume, coupled with unexpected staffing challenges during the 3rd quarter of FY23. There are several factors contributing to these missed SLA targets. First, we experienced a higher than usual number of support requests. This increased workload placed additional strain on our resources, leading to longer response times. Additionally, we also encountered unexpected staffing challenges. This was due to a variety of reasons, such as employee absences, as well as limited availability of trained staff members. These staffing issues impacted our ability to meet our SLA targets consistently. We understand that timely support is crucial for our customers, and we sincerely apologize for any delays or inconveniences experienced. Rest assured; our management team is actively addressing the situation. We are working on hiring additional staff and adjusting shifts to ensure better coverage.
  • QTR 3, Metric #17: A system vulnerability was identified and IBC deployed technology fixes to mitigate the issue for all Quicktime clients. Brief overview was shared with clients at 07/20/2023 Quicktime User Group meeting.
  • QTR 2, Metric #12: The CSC did not meet this metric due to 7 agents resigning in the last quarter resulting in longer handle times for email contacts. We are currently recruiting and interviewing new agents and expect to fill these vacancies immediately. This will significantly improve our email response rate.
  • QTR 1, Metric #3: POD did not meet this metric due to a mass processing in the Federal Personnel and Payroll System in pay period (PP) 2022-23 as a result of an identified issue related to a Corrected Time and Attendance (T&A) file issue that caused a delay in some corrected T&As not being processed in the PP the corrected files were submitted. The timeframe for corrected T&As having a delay in processing were PPs 2021-02 through 2022-22.
  • QTR 1, Metric #12: The CSC metrics are performance targets and month to month and quarter to quarter performance outputs may be a little over or under that target depending on various operational factors. This quarter we did notice a slight decline due to staff shortages caused by the holiday leave schedule.
  • QTR 1, Metric #24: POD did not meet this metric due to delays in receiving retirement packages timely from agencies Servicing Personnel Offices' (SPOs). We are working with those agencies in hopes of improving timely submissions.

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Organization and Position Management Positions are classified in accordance with OPM published classification standards. 95% of all positions are classified in accordance with OPM published classification standards within 14 calendar days of receiving all appropriate materials from client management *
*If major classification activity is taking place, e.g. reorganization, management will prioritize work with the understanding that metric will be impacted by the special project
100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Staff Acquisition Posting of vacancy announcement, reviewing applicants, issuing certificates and making tentative job offer. 92% of vacancy announcements will be posted within 9 calendar days of receipt of completed recruitment package, including approved SF 52, Request for Eligible, a classified position description, and final job analyses 100.00%  98.50% 96.12%  
Staff Acquisition Posting of vacancy announcement, reviewing applicants, issuing certificates and making tentative job offer. 92% of the time upon receipt of properly documented selection certificate, Human Resources Representative will make tentative job offer within 3 calendar days. 97.40%  99.00% 97.58%  
Benefits Management Retirement annuity estimates will be provided. Retirement annuity estimates will be provided within 14 calendar days of receipt of all supporting information 95% of the time.*
*Metric may be impacted if IBC does not have complete employee record, e.g. waiting for OPF from National Records Center or former agency.
100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Employee Relations Draft corrective action documents (Letters of Counseling/Warning, etc.) will be provided to management. Draft corrective action documents (e.g. Letters of Counseling, Letters of Warning, etc.) will be provided to management within 7 calendar days of receipt of all supporting information 95% of the time. 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Employee Relations Draft disciplinary, adverse and performance action documents (proposal and decision documents) will be provided to management. IBC will coordinate with general/legal counsel, union, and or employee representative as necessary, which may impact metric time. Special attention will be given to critical employee relations issues. Draft disciplinary, adverse and performance action documents (e.g. Letters of Reprimand, proposals, decision documents) will be provided to management within 14 calendar days of receipt of all supporting information 95% of the time. 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
FPPS Security User profiles will be established or changed User profiles will be established or changed within 7 calendar days of receiving completed user access and when previous access has been revoked by the previous Security Point of Contact (SPOC) (only applicable to those users that have had previous access) request 90% of the time. 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Intake processing Receipt, review, and processing of Personnel Security Package; initiation and notification to complete the Electronic Questionnaire of Investigations Processing (e-QIP); sponsorship and notification of USAccess Enrollment Initiation of e-QIP and USAccess enrollment within 3 business days of receipt of Personnel Security Package 85% of the time 97.22%  94.42% 87.31%  
Pre-employment Adjudication Adjudication of the Personnel Security Package in order to make a risk based pre-employment determination Pre-employment determinations made within 5 business days of receipt by the personnel security program on a no-issue case or a case that does not require due process 85% of the time. 99.68%  97.12% 98.93%  
Reciprocity for Sensitive Positions Reciprocal acceptance of background investigations and national security adjudications for initial or continued eligibility for access to classified information or eligibility to hold a sensitive position Reciprocity determinations made within 5 business days of receipt by the personnel security program on a no-issue case or a case that does not require due process 95% of the time. 100.00%  88.89% 100.00%  
Suitability/Fitness Adjudication Adjudication of the background investigation for suitability/fitness determinations and eligibility to hold a public trust position  Post-Employment background investigations adjudicated suitability/fitness determinations and eligibility to hold a public trust position within 90 days of the OPM case closing transmittal date 85% of the time. 99.40%  100.00% 99.31%  
National Security Adjudication Adjudication of the background investigation for initial or continued eligibility for access to classified information or eligibility to hold a sensitive position Post-Employment background investigations adjudicated for initial or continued eligibility for access to classified information or ineligibility to hold a sensitive position within 20 calendar days of the OPM case closing transmittal date 95% of the time on a no-issue case or a case that does not require due process 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Credential Card Processing Completion of PIV Credential Card Initiation, Sponsorship and Enrollment PIV Credential Card Initiation, Sponsorship and Enrollment completed within 14 calendar days of receipt of initiation in DOI Access 85% of the time 100.00%  100.00% 100.00%  
Credential Card Processing Disable Terminated Credential Cards Terminate PIV Credential Cards within 1 business day of notification of receipt of an exit clearance 85% of the time. 97.02%  99.21% 100.00%  

Comments

  • QTR 2, Metric #3: SDATD did not meet this metric due to employment policies and procedures to include case being reassigned 4 times.

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Drug and Alcohol Testing Collections 99% of specimens are accepted as valid by the laboratory for analysis. 99.36%  99.45% 99.43%  
Drug and Alcohol Testing Lab Results 95% of lab results are available within 5 business days. 98.40%  98.51% 98.30%  
Drug and Alcohol Testing Negative/Positive Results 92% of negative or positive results provided within 6 business days of lab results. 97.41% 98.15% 98.43%  

 

FY 2022 - IBC Service Level Agreements - Human Resources Directorate

HR Systems

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Implementing New Federal Pay and Personnel Regulatory Requirements Requirements received with sufficient lead time 100% implementation of all changes within timeframe mandated or work-around solutions mutually agreed to as an interim 100.00% N/A 100.00% 100.00%
Implementing New Federal Pay and Personnel Regulatory Requirements Requirements with a retroactive effective date or when sufficient lead time not provided 100% implementation of all changes scheduled for an upcoming FPPS Release with work-around solutions mutually agreed to as an interim 100.00% N/A 100.00% N/A
Payroll Accuracy Pay and leave processed accurately 99.8% accuracy based on information received and in IBC’s control 99.97% 99.92% 99.97% 99.92%
Disbursements Disbursements are made on or before the scheduled process date 99.9% timely payroll disbursements 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Disbursements Disbursements are made on or before the scheduled process date 99.9% timely payroll disbursements 99.99% 100.00% 99.99% 99.99%
Reports External reports/interfaces completed by scheduled due dates 99% timely reports/interfaces 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Reports External reports/interfaces completed by scheduled due dates 99% accuracy based on information provided 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Benefits Updates Transmission of employee update files to external benefit providers within established timeframes. Includes: Long Term Care, Flexible Spending Account, Dental/Vision Benefit, Federal Employee Health Benefit files. 98% timely file submissions 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Hours of Operation Payroll staff available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MT); excluding Federal holidays. 99% available 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Hours of Operation Employee and end-user help desks available Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 5:30pm MT; excluding Federal holidays. Interactive Voice Response available 24x7. 99% available N/A N/A N/A N/A
Help Desks Employee calls returned within 2 hours. 95% returned within 2 hours or less N/A N/A N/A N/A
Help Desks Employee issues resolved or escalated to next Tier Help within 24 hours 95% issues resolved or escalated within 24 hours or less 99.30% 99.14% 98.60% 99.20%
Help Desks End-user calls returned within 4 hours 95% returned within 4 hours or less N/A N/A N/A N/A
Help Desks End-user issues resolved or escalated to next Tier Help within 48 hour 95% issues resolved or escalated within 48 hours or less 97.21% 96.91% 97.00% 96.70%
System Availability
FPPS
Production system available Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. MT; Saturday 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT; excluding Federal holidays, and during payroll processing or other regularly scheduled outages. Additional hours available upon request for special circumstances 97% available 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
System Availability
Web FPPS
Production system available Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. MT, Saturday 5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. MT; excluding Federal holidays, during payroll processing or other regularly scheduled outages. Additional hours available upon request for special circumstatnces. 97% available 99.43% 100.00% 99.88% 99.95%
System Availability
Quicktime
Production system available Monday through Friday, 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. MT; Saturday 4:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. MT; Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bureau of Land Management and DOI Office of the Secretary only. Excluding Federal holidays and other regularly scheduled outages. Scheduled maintenance may be performed after 6:00 pm MT as necessary with prior notification. 97% available 99.39% 99.98% 99.69% 99.76%
System Availability
webTA
Production system available Monday through Friday, 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. MT; Saturday 4:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. MT; Excluding Federal holidays and other regularly scheduled outages. Scheduled maintenance may be performed after 6:00 pm MT as necessary with prior notification. 97% available 99.40% 99.27% 99.56% 100.00%
System Availability
Workforce Transformation Tracking System&
Production system available Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. MT; Saturday 5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT. Excluding Federal holidays and other regularly scheduled outages.  97% available 99.83% 98.86% 100.00% 99.70%
System Availability
FedTalent Learning and Performance Management System
Production system available 24x7 excluding regularly scheduled outages, including each Sunday from 2:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 97% available 99.90% 100.00% 99.72% 99.95%
System Performance Internal system response time within established parameters. 95% available 99.80% 98.66% 99.79% 99.72%
System Operations User access granted within 72 hours of request. 98% access granted within 72 hours or less 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 99.73%
Retirement Submissions to OPM Submission of retirement records to OPM within 30 days of separation. 85% timely submission to OPM of retirement records within 30 days of separation. 84.08% 86.85% 83.66% 84.18%

Comments

  • Metrics 10, 11 & 13, Qtr 1 & Q2: Phone metrics at this time are unavailable due to the pandemic.
  • Metric 23, Qtr 1: This metric was not met because there were a few agencies that did not provide complete retirement packages timely in December 2021.
  • Metric 1 & 2, Qtr 2: there were no new federal pay and personnel regulatory requirements to implement in the 2nd quarter.
  • Metric 23, Qtr 3: This metric was not met because the Payroll Operations Division (POD) continues to have agencies' Servicing Personnel Offices (SPOs) fail to provide complete retirement packages timely. As a result, POD will be engaging with these agencies'/bureaus' Human Resources Officers.
  • Metric 23, Qtr 4: POD did not meet the Retirement submissions to OPM metric because we continue to struggle to have agencies Servicing Personnel Offices' (SPOs) provide retirement packages timely. We are working with those agencies in hopes of improving timely submissions.

HR Operations

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Organization and Position Management Positions are classified in accordance with OPM published classification standards. 95% of all positions are classified in accordance with OPM published classification standards within 14 calendar days of receiving all appropriate materials from client management *
*If major classification activity is taking place, e.g. reorganization, management will prioritize work with the understanding that metric will be impacted by the special project
100.00% 96.15% 100.00% 100.00%
Staff Acquisition Posting of vacancy announcement, reviewing applicants, issuing certificates and making tentative job offer. 92% of vacancy announcements will be posted within 9 calendar days of receipt of completed recruitment package, including approved SF 52, Request for Eligible, a classified position description, and final job analyses 96.64% 94.35% 91.21% 94.31%
Staff Acquisition Posting of vacancy announcement, reviewing applicants, issuing certificates and making tentative job offer.  92% of the time upon receipt of properly documented selection certificate, Human Resources Representative will make tentative job offer within 3 calendar days. 92.94% 95.33% 95.45% 93.91%
Benefits Management Retirement annuity estimates will be provided. Retirement annuity estimates will be provided within 14 calendar days of receipt of all supporting information 95% of the time.*
*Metric may be impacted if IBC does not have complete employee record, e.g. waiting for OPF from National Records Center or former agency.
100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Employee Relations Draft corrective action documents (Letters of Counseling/Warning, etc.) will be provided to management. Draft corrective action documents (e.g. Letters of Counseling, Letters of Warning, etc.) will be provided to management within 7 calendar days of receipt of all supporting information 95% of the time. 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Employee Relations Draft disciplinary, adverse and performance action documents (proposal and decision documents) will be provided to management. IBC will coordinate with general/legal counsel, union, and or employee representative as necessary, which may impact metric time. Special attention will be given to critical employee relations issues. Draft disciplinary, adverse and performance action documents (e.g. Letters of Reprimand, proposals, decision documents) will be provided to management within 14 calendar days of receipt of all supporting information 95% of the time. 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
FPPS Security User profiles will be established or changed User profiles will be established or changed within 7 calendar days of receiving completed user access and when previous access has been revoked by the previous Security Point of Contact (SPOC) (only applicable to those users that have had previous access) request 90% of the time. 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%

Comments

  • Metric 2, Qtr 3: Metric exceeded 9 days due to unexpected departure of servicing staff, overall staffing shortage in the Branch and Division to support the work, and surge hiring activity across the client base that limited ability to workload balance.

Personnel Security and Credential Processing Services

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Intake processing Receipt, review, and processing of Personnel Security Package; initiation and notification to complete the Electronic Questionnaire of Investigations Processing (e-QIP); sponsorship and notification of USAccess Enrollment Initiation of e-QIP and USAccess enrollment within 3 business days of receipt of Personnel Security Package 85% of the time 96.40% 95.35% 96.28% 96.79%
Pre-employment Adjudication Adjudication of the Personnel Security Package in order to make a risk based pre-employment determination Pre-employment determinations made within 5 business days of receipt by the personnel security program on a no-issue case or a case that does not require due process 85% of the time. 90.84% 89.28% 97.92% 93.26%
Reciprocity for Sensitive Positions Reciprocal acceptance of background investigations and national security adjudications for initial or continued eligibility for access to classified information or eligibility to hold a sensitive position Reciprocity determinations made within 5 business days of receipt by the personnel security program on a no-issue case or a case that does not require due process 95% of the time. 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Suitability/Fitness Adjudication Adjudication of the background investigation for suitability/fitness determinations and eligibility to hold a public trust position Post-Employment background investigations adjudicated suitability/fitness determinations and eligibility to hold a public trust position within 90 days of the OPM case closing transmittal date 85% of the time. 89.71% 95.60% 98.37% 95.77%
National Security Adjudication Adjudication of the background investigation for initial or continued eligibility for access to classified information or eligibility to hold a sensitive position Post-Employment background investigations adjudicated for initial or continued eligibility for access to classified information or ineligibility to hold a sensitive position within 20 calendar days of the OPM case closing transmittal date 95% of the time on a no-issue case or a case that does not require due process 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Credential Card Processing Completion of PIV Credential Card Initiation, Sponsorship and Enrollment PIV Credential Card Initiation, Sponsorship and Enrollment completed within 14 calendar days of receipt of initiation in DOI Access 85% of the time 100.00% 99.66% 99.44% 99.70%
Credential Card Processing Disable Terminated Credential Cards Terminate PIV Credential Cards within 1 business day of notification of receipt of an exit clearance 85% of the time. 90.25% 89.45% 83.93% 99.03%

Drug and Alcohol Testing Services

Measure Category Measure Performance Metric Q1 Results Q2 Results Q3 Results Q4 Results
Drug and Alcohol Testing Collections 99% of specimens are accepted as valid by the laboratory for analysis. 99.52% 99.59% 99.31% 98.96%
Drug and Alcohol Testing Lab Results 95% of lab results are available within 5 business days. 96.92% 98.06% 98.22% 98.31%
Drug and Alcohol Testing MRO Results 92% of negative or positive results provided within 6 business days of lab result. 94.44% 95.29% 95.16% 96.90%

Comments

  • Metric 7, Qtr 3: This metric was not met due to a personnel shortage and vacancies. SDATD continues to back fill vacancies and implement strategies to address current issues.
  • Metric 8, Qtr 4: The metric was missed by .04. There was an increase in specimens with Abnormal pHs (pH is one of the biomarkers used to confirm the specimen is human urine) and wrong Custody and Control Forms used. Q4 saw the highest amount of collections in FY22, with many customers sending donors to collection sites; it is possible that these sites hadn't done a large amount of testing during the pandemic and thus mistakes occurred more easily with incorrect CCFs. Additionally, with specimens being transported in warm/hot conditions during these months, it contributes to the Abnormal pH determinations (see Cook J. D., et al. (2007). Urine pH: the effects of time and temperature after collection. J. Anal. Toxicol., 31, 486-496.)

 

Last Updated: August 22, 2023