The Congressional Budget Office has said there would be no additional costs in carrying out a bill pending before the Senate (S-1886) to provide agencies with more flexible hiring authorities for non-permanent positions.

The bill, cleared recently by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, would increase authorities for agencies to use time-limited employees, who work for less than a year, and term appointments, who would work between one and five years. The measure would better enable agencies to use those authorities to staff projects and assignments with limited durations.

CBO said that because such limited appointment authorities already exist under government-wide regulations and OPM guidance, there would be no additional spending required under the bill nor any other type of budgetary effect.

Such an assessment helps clear the way for bills to advance under congressional budgeting practices.