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 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

Wed, Dec 13, 2017

The probationary period can be misused by management. I was told "we don't count hours. I expect you to get the work done regardless of how many hours it takes", then said that he had 8 formal complaints against him to HR and that shows there is nothing HR can do to him, then he reminded me that I was on probation.

Mon, Dec 11, 2017

I guess when you are a member of congress and senate and SES it is hard to place a probationary period because they are never around to accomplish any work since they can be found golfing or being dined by special interest groups.

Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Put congress and senate on a two year probation with the following stipulation(s): 1) If they cause a government shutdown, their pay is reduced to $0.00 dollars for that year. 2) If the shutdown goes over 10 days they loose their pensions and benefits and are thrown out of office. 3) A new vote takes place and term limits are imposed 2 or 4 years where applicable. 4) No large cost of living increases for the inept minions who say they are running the country. 5) The show up to wok on a 40 hr basis and the ones that do not have their pay reduced by 25% each time they are not present.

Wed, Dec 6, 2017

Time for real change at the top of the swamps feeding chain. 1) Congress and senate get a two year term only. They get paid $50,000 per year with no increases; house them in DC public housing; every time a shutdown results because of their ignorance and self-serving hot air their salaries are garnished and they have to pay into a fund that reduces the debt. They have to show up on time, work an 8 hr day; no more perks, free parking at the airports, subsidized meals, haircuts and gym fees. Then move to the SES and management and pair them down since they do very little in the way of necessity. All get a two year probation and if Congress and Senate cant get appropriations signed then they do not last the entire two years.

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?

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