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house Bill H.R. 1531

Should Seasonal Federal Land Management Employees Have a Path to Permanent Jobs?

Argument in favor

Allowing temporary employees to become permanently employed by federal land management agencies will hopefully reduce training costs and lead to better retention. This leads to a more capable and cost-efficient workforce.

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07/09/2015
It's a simple step towards a promotion for people to deserve it.
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Alis's Opinion
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07/09/2015
It is a waste of $$$ to reinvent the wheel every season! Congress doesn't seem to mind never doing anything but federal agencies actually have real jobs to do. Fund them properly so they can fiction efficiently.
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Justin's Opinion
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10/24/2015
This is a cost efficient way to prevent extra spending on training and recruitment.
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Argument opposed

This bill tries to keep it "all in the family" so to speak. There are no protections to ensure that former seasonal employees aren't favored over the many qualified people who have never worked for these agencies but still apply for permanent jobs.

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07/08/2015
The most qualified person should get the job. Period.
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/09/2015
We have too many Federal employees we need to lose by attrition as we contract the size and reach of the govt anyhow. Of course if the Democrats lose the Presidency they will scurry to pad the payroll to the max as a means of dotting the taxpayer and the next administration.
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John's Opinion
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07/22/2015
The most qualified should get the job. If they've been a seasonal employee, then that's just one qualification.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedAugust 28th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed August 5th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed July 7th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 23rd, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 1531?

This bill would offer seasonal (part-time) employees of federal land management agencies a path to permanent positions. Employee eligibility for full-time jobs year-round would be determined by an internal merit-based promotion procedure. 

Federal land management agencies that would be affected by this legislation include the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Eligible employees must have:

  • Initially been appointed through a competitive application process, 
  • Served in at least one time-limited job — totaling more than 24 months, 
  • Acceptable performance reviews throughout that period.

Former time-limited employees could also be eligible as long as they apply for a position covered by this bill within two years of the end of their last employment with the agency. 

Impact

Time-limited employees who want permanent jobs from federal land management agencies, federal land management agencies and their functions.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1531

$0.00
Even though this bill would open up the pool of people eligible to work at federal land management agencies, it doesn't expand the number of people those agencies can hire. It also doesn't change any salaries. Considering those two factors, the CBO estimates that implementing this bill wouldn't have a significant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

Of Note: Sponsoring Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), said that his bill

“Is common-sense legislation that removes needless bureaucratic barriers currently preventing some of our experienced temporary employees from competing for permanent seasonal positions.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK), a co-sponsor, noted:

“This legislation would significantly reduce the costs associated with the high attrition rate in our nation’s temporary seasonal workforce, and enhance the pool of highly-qualified applicants that compete for permanent seasonal positions.”

In-Depth: nearly identical version of this legislation was introduced in February 2013, but it did not progress out of committee.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user BLMOregon)

AKA

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

Official Title

To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide a pathway for temporary seasonal employees in Federal land management agencies to compete for vacant permanent positions under internal merit promotion procedures, and for other purposes.