Seasonal temps at land agencies get new competitive status
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 10, 2015
President Obama on Aug. 7 signed H.R. 1531, the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (H.R. 1531), which allows temporary seasonal employees in federal land management agencies to compete for vacant permanent positions under internal merit promotion procedures.
The bill, passed by the Senate last week, also will waive age requirements that currently prevent well-qualified temporary seasonal firefighters from competing for permanent positions.
The National Federation of Federal Employees, which has championed the legislation, applauded the new law.
"This has been on NFFE’s radar for decades,” said NFFE National Vice President Mark Davis, past president of the NFFE Forest Service Council. “I personally have been working on this reform for at least seven years.”
“After years of moving the ball down the field an inch at a time, it feels great to finally be on the one-yard line," he said shortly before the president signed the bill.