official time

  • Lawmakers at odds over ‘official time’

    House Oversight and Government Reform members disagreed on the whether federal employees should perform union activities during the work day. A bill banning official time has been introduced which AFGE says would all but end collective bargaining rights.

  • Work time spent on union activities at a 7-year high for feds

    OPM issued its fiscal 2011 Official Time report. The data shows employees, on average, spent 2.82 hours on union-related work during official hours. The cost of official time also increased by almost 12 percent.

  • Coburn calls on OPM to fire feds ‘paid to do nothing’

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has written to Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, saying the office should take steps to offload federal workers and contractors who don’t show up for work, aren’t performing official duties or “are simply not working at all.” In the letter, Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said doing so could prevent the need to furlough critical employees under sequestration.

  • Archuleta makes case to senators to be next OPM director

    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members pressed Katherine Archuleta on her qualifications, how she will address the retirement claims backlog and on the use of official time. Archuleta appears headed down the path toward confirmation.

  • Senators seek to eliminate ‘official time’ for federal employees

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to eliminate official time for federal employees. Official time is the paid time that employees spend on union work.

  • GOP lawmakers seek updated ‘official time’ report

    Two Republican members of the House want to know how many hours federal employees are spending on union-related business while on the job. Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) wrote to Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta urging the agency to release updated data on employees’ use of “official time.” The most recent year for which data is available is from 2011.

  • OPM releases long-awaited report on official time

    After months of urging from lawmakers, the Office of Personnel Management released a new report on official time, including data from fiscal year 2012. Official time hours totaled nearly 3.5 million in FY 2012, with cost estimates at $157 million, according to OPM’s data.

  • GAO raises concerns about quality of OPM official time data

    GAO finds discrepancies in OPM data on union-related work by federal employees. OPM admits that official time reporting is not a priority.

  • Congress to feds: Do union work on your own time

    Two Georgia lawmakers have both introduced bills that would bar federal employees from conducting union work while on the clock. OPM data shows official time has been on the rise since fiscal 2008.

  • Union’s ‘hit list’ draws managers’ fury at VA

    Just when Congress is considering tougher penalties for Veterans Affairs employees engaged in misconduct, the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association have asked lawmakers to investigate a “hit list” created by the American Federation of Government Employees, VA’s largest labor union.