The following factors are used to determine the appropriate MSP grade level assignment:
- Know-how refers to the combination of education and training as well as the demonstrated skills and experience required to perform the job. This factor is influenced by the depth and/or diversity of know-how required.
- Diversity recognizes the number of applicable fields in which know-how is required.
- Depth considers the extent of knowledge of the theories, principles, and concepts of a distinct field.
- Originality/complexity refers to the original thinking required to creatively arrive at conclusions and the complexity of issues to be resolved.
- Original thinking involves analysis, evaluation, and development of ideas, negotiation, and reasoning.
- Complexity considers the repetitive nature of the issues to be resolved, the variables involved, and the resource materials and guidance available.
- Impact refers to the responsibility for actions, decisions, communications, and recommendations that affect the organization. Impact is measured by considering the authority to act and the supervision received; the scope or range of effect of the preponderance of actions taken by the incumbent; the consequence of error on the organization; and the resources managed, including human, space, informational and financial resources.