H.R.4182 – EQUALS Act of 2017

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H.R.4182 – EQUALS Act of 2017


H.R. 4182 would extend the probationary period for members of the senior executive service from one year to two years and would require a probationary period of at least two years for most members of the civil service. The bill also would increase to two years the amount of time civil servants must be employed before being afforded certain prerogatives when being disciplined, including advance notice of the following actions: suspensions, pay reductions, furloughs, or removals. In addition, agencies would be required to provide certain notifications regarding the terms of probationary periods to job postings, employees in their probationary period, and their supervisor. – cbo

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall issue such regulations as are necessary to carry out this Act and the amendments made by this Act

The title acronym means Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service.

(Full text of H.R. 4182 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Comer, James [R-KY-1] (Introduced 10/31/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage:  On passage Passed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 648).

House Amendments:

An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-430 to exempt alumni of the PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps, and other national service programs under the Corporation for National and Community Service from the two year probationary period. On agreeing to the Hastings amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 646).

An amendment, offered by Mr. Gianforte, numbered 3 printed printed in House Report 115-430 to provide additional notification to supervisor with 1 year, 6 months, 3 months and 30 days of remaining probationary period. On agreeing to the Gianforte amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.

An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-430 to strike the provisions of the bill and replaces it with a study and report by the Comptroller General of the United States. The study and report will be on those agencies that have lengthened the employee probationary period from 1 to 2 years, and any impact of an existing 2 year probationary period at the agency. On agreeing to the Connolly amendment; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 647)

Motion to recommit:

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Cost to the taxpayers:  Enacting the bill would not generally change the number of employees in the federal government. Furthermore, the necessary tracking and administrative procedures regarding probationary periods are already in place. Therefore, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant budgetary effect.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 4182 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 4182 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that, enacting H.R. 4182 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year period beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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