5 USC § 7501. Definitions
For the purpose of this subchapter—
(1) “employee” means an individual in the competitive service who is not serving a probationary or trial period under an initial appointment or who has completed 1 year of current continuous employment in the same or similar positions under other than a temporary appointment limited to 1 year or less; and
(2) “suspension” means the placing of an employee, for disciplinary reasons, in a temporary status without duties and pay.
(Added Pub. L. 95–454, title II, §204(a), Oct. 13, 1978, 92 Stat. 1134.)