Use of “official time” by federal employee union representatives was the subject of a recent hearing in Congress.
A report on official time in the federal government calculates the cost in FY 2016 was $174,789,810, not including other substantial costs for union activities.
One Congressman is concerned that some VA employees may have violated federal law when they participated in a recent “March on the VA” union rally.
The author says that reports of official time issued by OPM are inaccurate and understated. He raises some questions about the use of official time.
A recent case decision suggests the FSIP has shifted from its past philosophy. The author provides an analysis.
The CBO concludes a requirement for more reliable accounting of official time by federal employee unions would have a negligible impact on federal expenses.
A Bill to require annual reporting on use of official time and other union related items is advancing. It has now passed the House and reported favorably by a Senate committee for consideration.