U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip and a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, voted today to allow for greater accountability among government employees and provide a longer evaluation period for federal employees in order to evaluate whether a prospective employee is a good candidate for permanent status.
“Taxpayers deserve to be served by qualified employees who have demonstrated an ability to get the job done,” said Rep. Ross. “By giving supervisors more time to evaluate an employee, we are ensuring that tax dollars are being spent wisely in the management of our federal workforce.”
The EQUALS Act extends the probationary period for employees entering the competitive service or Senior Executive Service of the federal government.
- The bill would extend to two years the probationary period for new hires in the competitive civil service and to initial appointments as managers or supervisors
- It also extends to two years the probationary period for Senior Executive Service members
- The probationary period provides the government with an opportunity to review performance and suitability of new hires for certain positions within federal agencies
- During the period, new hires can be removed for poor conduct or performance, if necessary, through a more expedited process
- Extending the period provides the government with an effective means of ensuring that the most capable and competent employees join the federal government
- It also addresses concerns raised by a GAO study finding the one year period insufficient to fully assess employees in complex positions, or those with limited opportunities for review
- Finally, agencies must certify that each employee has successfully completed the probationary period