HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES FAVORABLY ON INCREASING PROBATIONARY PERIOD TO TWO YEARS FROM COMPLETION OF TRAINING WITH GMC SUPPORT - November 3, 2017
House Panel Approves Bill Doubling Feds’ Probationary Period
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
A House committee voted Thursday to advance a bill that would increase the probationary period for most new federal employees, although Democrats argued the measure would degrade civil servants’ due process rights.
Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-17 to send the Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act (H.R. 4182) to the full House for consideration. The legislation, introduced by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., would increase the probationary period for new hires to the competitive service and the Senior Executive Service from one to two years, and it would exempt time spent training new feds from that timetable.