CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4906, a bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to clarify the eligibility of employees of a land management agency in a time-limited appointment to compete for a permanent appointment at any Federal agency, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on April 12, 2016, by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on April 14, 2016.
H.R. 4906 makes technical changes to the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act of 2015 to ensure that temporary employees of land management agencies are able to compete for permanent positions at federal agencies. The bill will increase the pool of individuals eligible to compete for vacant federal permanent positions without changing the total number of federal jobs available or the salaries paid to federal employees.
The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act of 2015 (P.L. 114–47) removed a barrier to the career advancement opportunities of temporary seasonal employees of federal land management agencies. For example, many of the government’s federal firefighters work on a temporary basis battling Western wildfires and gain valuable experience as they return each season. However, before this law was enacted, regardless of how many seasons served, these experienced employees could not compete for full-time, permanent jobs under the merit promotion procedures available to other federal employees.
Recent guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in implementing P.L. 114-47 has limited the ability of temporary seasonal land management employees to actually compete for permanent positions. H.R. 4906 makes a technical correction to the law to remove restrictions imposed by OPM’s recent guidance. By doing so, H.R. 4906 will help ensure that long-serving temporary seasonal employees will be given an opportunity to compete for permanent opportunities, which will likely enhance the quality of the pool of applicants competing for federal government jobs.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that enacting H.R. 4906 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.