FMA PUSHES FOR EXTENSION OF PROBATIONARY PERIOD - November 17, 2017
The Federal Managers Association (FMA) penned its monthly "Hear it from FMA" article, which appeared in fedmanager.com on Wednesday, November 15. In this article the association weighed in on the ongoing efforts to extend the probationary period throughout the federal government. FMA has met with Congressional staffs on both sides of the aisle and confident the issue will be put to a vote in The House of Representatives in December.
On Thursday, November 2nd, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform marked up the EQUALS Act of 2017 (H.R. 4182) by a vote of 19 – 17. H.R. 4182 was introduced by Rep. James Comer (R-KY) and would extend the probationary period for employees entering the federal workforce to two years upon the completion of formal training.
Unlike numerous bills marked up in Congress this session, the debate surrounding this bill was nuanced and constructive from both sides. The extension of the probationary period is an issue that the Federal Managers Association (FMA) has been working on for many years.