Lawmakers want ‘official time’ report

By Andy Medici, Federal Times

Two House Republicans are calling on the Office of Personnel Management to release a report on the costs of federal employees conducting union business while on the job.

So-called “official time” grew by nearly 11 percent and its costs by roughly 13 percent from 2010 to 2011, Angela Bailey, OPM associate director of employee services, said at a meeting of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council this month.

That would mean federal employees spent roughly 3.4 million hours — at a cost of $155 million — conducting union business while on duty in 2011.

http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20121130/PERSONNEL03

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