Lawmaker introduces bill to account for ‘official time’
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 22, 2016
Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.) introduced legislation (H.R. 4392) requiring the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress relating to federal employees’ use of so-called “official time” to conduct union-related activities during work hours.
“I introduced H.R. 4392 so Congress may better account for federal employees’ use of working hours and eliminate wasteful spending,” Ross said in rolling out the legislation. “This bill will require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to submit an annual, detailed report to Congress on the use of ‘Official Time’ by federal employees, outlining specific types of activities or purposes for which this time was granted.”
“Unfortunately,” he said, “from my time as the former chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, I learned firsthand that the OPM has very little accountability for the use of ‘Official Time’ by federal employees.”
Ross said the use of the time costs the government about $157 million a year.