- The probationary period is the first year of service for an employee
who is given a career or career-conditional appointment. The
probationary period is intended and should be viewed as the last step in
the examination process.
- Prior Federal civilian service (including Non-Appropriated Fund
service) counts toward completion of the probationary period when the
- Is in the same agency;
- Is in the same line of work (determined by the employee's actual
duties and responsibilities); and,
- Contains or is followed by no more than a single break in
service that does not exceed 30.
- Any non-pay time in excess of 22 workdays extends the probationary
period by that number of days.
- If management determines that a probationary employee is not
suitable for continued employment within the Federal service, he/she
should initiate appropriate action promptly. The supervisor does not
have to wait until the end of the probationary period to take action.
The supervisor must consult with the servicing HR Specialist/Command
Staff Advisor early in the process.
- An employee terminated during the probationary period, has limited