This excerpt taken from the EBAY DEF 14A filed May 16, 2005.
Committee Certification and Determination of Incentive Awards
As soon as practicable after the end of each performance period, the Compensation Committee will certify in writing whether the stated performance goals have been met and will determine the amount of the Incentive Award to be paid to each eIP participant. The Compensation Committee may decrease (but cannot increase) an Incentive Award paid to a covered employee. In determining that amount, the Compensation Committee will consider the established target bonuses, the degree to which the established standards were satisfied and any other objective or subjective factors it deems appropriate and may reduce the amount of, or eliminate altogether, any Incentive Award that would otherwise be payable. Individuals who enter the eIP during the year may have their awards prorated.