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Legislation Introduced to Make Federal Employees ‘At-Will’ Employees
Updated On: Jul 27, 2017

Legislation was recently introduced to make federal workers “at-will” employees, meaning they could be removed or suspended from their jobs, without notice or right to appeal.

The Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act (H.R. 3257) was introduced by Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN). Some of the key points of the bill include the following:

  • Allow federal employees to be removed or suspended “without notice or right to appeal, from service by the head of the agency at which such employee is employed for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all.”
  • Allow agency heads to immediately suspend federal employees for misconduct or poor performance “if the head determines that the misconduct or performance of the employee warrants such suspension.”
  • The bill would place a limitation on appeal rights.
  • Annual pay raises would be prohibited if an employee did not receive at least a score of 4 or 5 out of 5 (or an equivalent rating with respect to a performance appraisal system that does provide for such a scoring system) on his or her latest performance review under the performance appraisal system.
  • Employees would be denied their CSRS or FERS annuities if convicted of a felony.
  • An agency may transfer an individual occupying a Senior Executive Service position who is not an at-will employee to a position within the General Schedule.
  • Official time would not be authorized for an employee serving as an exclusive representative when negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, and employees would be prohibited from using government property in carrying out any activities relating to the internal business of a labor organization.

It was announced earlier this year that Rokita would be introducing such legislation. Unions and federal employee interest groups were quick to denounce the prospect of such legislation at that time


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