Fedweek

The House has passed HR-4906, to clarify a law enacted last year regarding temporary or seasonal employees of land management agencies such as wildland firefighters. OPM has interpreted that law as entitling them, if they meet the law’s qualifications, to compete for permanent jobs under internal agency merit promotion procedures on the same basis as employees already in permanent positions—but only within their own agency. Sponsors argue that the original change was meant to apply to vacancies in all agencies. The law was a response to situations in which employees build up years of total service under a string of temporary appointments but are not eligible to compete for vacant permanent positions under internal merit promotion procedures.