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Bill: End DOD's two-year probationary period?


A bill aimed at doing away with the current two-year probationary period for new Department of Defense employees is making its way in the House—legislation that, if enacted, would return the federal government’s largest component to a one-year provisional standard.

The bill, a provision to be added to the National Defense Authorization Act would also reinstate greater safeguards against improper discipline and dismissal to feds at DOD.

The House Armed Services Committee is likely to stick with the provision calling for a shorter probationary period in the larger piece of legislation, as was recently reported along with additional details by NextGov.

The two-year probationary period at DOD was enacted in 2016. It was opposed by federal employee unions and advocates as treading on long-protected employee merit system principles and standards.

Reader comments

Thu, Sep 2, 2021 Kelly D Reston, VA

I would like to see these changes become standard across all federal agencies, including those of us in excepted service agencies.

Wed, Sep 1, 2021 Robert Norton California

I year is plenty

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