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Annual Performance Summary (APS) Process for Staff

As we begin the new year, Human Resources would like to offer you resources to prepare for the Annual Performance Summary (APS) process.  Performance evaluations for staff members take place between January 1 and March 31 of each year.  The APS form for 2020 remains the same as in previous years.  (You may recall that planning was begun last year to update the process incorporating campus feedback received through the institution-wide employee engagement survey and opportunities to utilize the new Oracle HCM module.  Those plans continue as we make advances in our implementation efforts.  While the module will not be ready for this year’s evaluation cycle, we will continue to provide updates for the coming year.)

Below, please find links to the form, helpful tools and guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual contributor.  New employees and supervisors are encouraged to view the recorded presentation.  For those who have attended the training sessions offered in past years, you may find this to be a convenient refresher. (Vermont campus)  (MIIS)

All completed and signed evaluations should be scanned electronically and sent via email to  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thank you,

Laura and Cathy

Laura Carotenuto
AVP for Human Resources, Central Administration
(802) 443-2012

Cathy Vincent
AVP for Human Resources, Academic Administration
(802) 443-5624

2020 Form W-4 Changes

The 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, is very different from previous versions. This is due to the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018. One of the goals for the update is to replace complicated worksheets with more straightforward questions to employees and to enhance employee privacy.

All newly hired employees after January 1st, 2020 will be required to complete the new W-4 form. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not requiring current employees to complete the revised form unless you make changes to your withholdings after January 1st. Please note: if you do not submit a new form, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form.

Even though the IRS does not require all employees to complete the revised form, you may wish to perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you need to make adjustments to your current withholding. To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS’s Tax Withholding Estimator ( To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and tax return. It is likely that the estimator will be updated to account for the 2020 tax tables in early January.

The IRS has also published Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful as you complete the form (

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Payroll or HR.

Staff participation in Veteran’s Day event

To far right carrying the rifle is Christy Fry, Assistant Director of ISSS

On Monday, November 11, Christy represented veterans (and her own military experience in various branches of the military) as a member of her American Legion Post 24 in Woodstock, VT. The Post provided a Veteran’s Day Ceremony that included presenting a color guard (with rifle escort) and Christy was selected to read the poem In Flanders Fields to those gathered for the event in Woodstock, VT.