Senate panel advances 'official time' bill

A Senate panel on July 26 approved legislation requiring the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress on the use of official time by federal employees.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee among 12 other bills, advanced (H.R.1293), approved by the House in May, requires OPM to detail the total amount of official time granted to employees, the average amount of official time used per employee, as well as the types of activities for which official time was granted.

The bill defines "official time" as any period of time granted to a federal employee to perform representational or consultative functions and during which the employee would otherwise be in a duty status.

A full list of other bills passed by the committee is available here.

Reader comments

Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Congress and Senate need to show their official time. Oops I am wrong they hardly do anything to be able to show official time used.

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