I'm sorry but I agree w/juandon'tbeg
If your boss feels the need to put it to you like that? You must be (sorry again!) one crappy employee. She has to tell you verbatim, to the freaking letter, what to do? You need a roadmap or you won't work/won't do it the way the S.O.P. states it's to be done?
Dude. You only got 3 years left. You're a federal employee. Permanent. They can't fire you. It 'd take (literally) and act of Congress to get rid of you.
And we all know evals mean squat in the real world. They won't stop you from getting full retirement pay, they won't stop you from drawing social security, etc.
So what's the bfd? Do what she tells you, how she tells to, to the freaking LETTER. And if you have questions, ask.
Going over her head to the real boss will just expose YOU. How do you know that he/she's not BCC'd on every single email she sends you? If I had an employee who had to be forced to do his job, I'd make sure to BCC my boss on every piece of correspondence I sent out. To cover my ass.
By the way, I've been working for the Federal Government for nearly 40 years. I could retire now but why? And do what?
So I'm not "guessing" here.