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Just so feds don’t think Congress is ignoring them now that shutdown fever is fading away, here’s another idea bouncing around in the House ...

Boosting probation for new hires to a period of “not less than two years.”

You’ll find that proposal in H.R. 1470, introduced last week by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce. The bill is due to be marked up by Committee on Government Oversight and Reform on April 13.

But that ain’t all.

Ross’ bill also specifies that “for purposes of any probationary period ... an employee who is transferred, promoted, demoted, reassigned, or otherwise appointed to a new position, whether before or after completing a probationary period (as so described) in a previous position and whether or not in the same agency, shall be required to satisfy the probationary period (as so described) which applies to the new position.”

Whew. In other words, all feds — new hires and existing — would have to start another two-year probationary period when transferred, promoted, etc.

And to sew matters up a little tighter, the bill also specifies that “an employee shall not … receive credit for any probationary period completed, or for any service performed toward completing a probationary period, in any other position.”

What do you think about that?

Editor's Update: Language in H.R. 1470 that would have extended the probationary period every time employees were transferred, reassigned, promoted or demoted was dropped from the bill in committee on April 13.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Apr 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Thu, Apr 21, 2011 Albuquerque, NM

Just amazing how hypocritical congressmen can be. This proposal is an insult to all fed employees, insinuating a villanous and incompetent nature to the public. Coming from the same folks who vote their own pay raises. Talk about self interests and fleecing the American tax payers. Lets get term limits for these politicians and fast.

Mon, Apr 18, 2011 Jake Eugene

Again, if pro is good and con is bad, the opposite of PROGRESS in CONGRESS! What a bunch of bull! Are these idiots really so blind that they think they can impose this kind of BS on Federal employees while they play their Fiddles as Rome burns?! Fire all of them in the next election and let's start over. They are a miserable failure and need to be un-elected. In fact, if we could recall all of them now, we should.

Mon, Apr 18, 2011 Brent Oregon

So, probation for getting a promotion? Isn't that penalizing someone for their success? Or does that logic/arguement only apply to the top 1% and/or large corporations?

Mon, Apr 18, 2011

It looks like the Tea Pary Republicans have gone completely wacko with their new found power. If they really want to do what the American Voters want they should go for term limits and cutting their office staff and their own salaries and maybe then they will become believable.

Thu, Apr 14, 2011 Sierra Vista, AZ

I don't think that elected officials should have a retirement plan. They should not be making a career out of being in Congress. If you want a retirement go out and get a regualr job.

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