FMA CONTINUES TO SUPPORT PROBATIONARY PERIOD REFORM - July 22, 2015
Defense bill hits pay and job security of Pentagon employees, could set wider precedent for federal workers
By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post
Washington Post columnist Joe Davidson quoted FMA National President Patricia Niehaus in a column on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate version of the NDAA contains an extension of the probationary period from one year to two years. FMA has supported extending the probationary period for many years and continues to support these efforts. In the article, Niehaus states, "Extending the probationary period to one year after completion of initial training, rather than date of hire, would benefit the government and the employees by allowing supervisors to make decisions based on the employees’ performance as a fully trained employee – not just guess at how the employee will perform after the training is completed."