House OKs bill extending probationary period
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 30, 2017
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.”