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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.

SherryTX's Opinion
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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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Title

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.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.) Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (Sec. 2) Makes an employee of specified land management agencies in the Department of the Interior serving under a time-limited, including a temporary, appointment in the competitive service eligible to compete for a permanent appointment in any land management agency or any other agency if: (1) the original appointment was competitive, (2) the employee has served under one or more time-limited appointments totaling more than 24 months without a break of two or more years, and (3) the employee's performance has been at an acceptable level. Requires the Office of Personnel Management or other examining agency, in determining the eligibility of a time-limited employee to be examined for or appointed in the competitive service, to waive requirements as to age, unless the requirement is essential to the performance of the duties of the position. Provides that an individual appointed under the provisions of this Act becomes a career-conditional employee and acquires competitive status upon appointment. Deems a former employee of a land management agency who served under a time-limited appointment and who otherwise meets applicable requirements to be a time-limited employee for purposes of this Act if: (1) such employee applies for a position covered by this Act within two years after the most recent date of separation, and (2) such employee's most recent separation was for reasons other than misconduct or performance.