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House OKs bill extending probationary period

The House on Thursday passed a bill that extends the probationary period for new federal employees from one year to two years.

The House on Thursday passed a bill that extends the probationary period for new federal employees from one year to two years.

The EQUALS Act, introduced by Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), extends the probationary period for new federal employees from one year to two years.

An underperforming probationary employee can also be removed from government service without the lengthy and difficult appeals process required for permanent employees during this time.

A two-year probationary period will also be implemented for new appointments in the Senior Executive Service to ensure equal treatment throughout the federal workforce.

“The EQUALS Act is good for the federal workforce and the American people whom they serve. I was proud to lead the effort to pass this commonsense government reform legislation in the House and I look forward to continuing my work to make our federal government more effective, responsive and accountable,” Comer said in a statement.

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), added, “With the passage of the EQUALS Act, we extend the evaluation period to give new federal employees the time necessary to demonstrate their competence and appropriateness for taxpayer funded positions. Representative James Comer’s bill will make our government better at serving the American people, and I applaud his hard work to make Washington accountable.”

Reader comments

Fri, Dec 1, 2017 Barbara Maryland

And just how much time do members of Congress and their staffs have to serve in a probationary status? Why is it that Congress can judge and impose laws on the entire government work force, and no one can keep them in check for the privileges and benefits they provide to themselves?

Fri, Dec 1, 2017 FormerFed

We're having trouble recruiting the best of the best into the federal workforce, so what do we do, I know, extend the probationary period from one to 2 years? How about a probationary period for Republican lawmakers? So ridiculous an idea, so ill-informed!

Fri, Dec 1, 2017 Jack El Paso, Texas

This probationary period should be extended to every position in the federal government.To include executive,congressional and judicial.

Fri, Dec 1, 2017

I guess it is the same with the perspective of house members. I think we should be able to remove members of the house or senate when it is apparent that they are not doing their jobs. Remember a Fed employee in most cases works in an understaffed environment and get 1.1% of their high 3 pay times the amount of years they served. That is not exactly a big pension WHILE a member of congress who DOES NOT HAVE TO pay into Social Security which they raid constantly gets their salary for life after they spend enough time in office. I think House and Senate members should be compensated and administrated in the same manner as Gov Employees with the same retirement where they have to rely on Social Security to fill the gap for a small pension.

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