GAO: Union Official Time Costs Underreported

In October, the Office of Personnel Management released the long-awaited report that estimates the cost and amount of time federal employees spend on union activities while paid as if they were on duty performing government work. OPM’s report found federal employees spent 3.4 million hours at a cost of $156 million in fiscal year 2012.

60 House Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Subsidy

In light of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Internal Revenue Service scandals, many Republican congressmen have come out against the practice known as union official time, which releases federal employees from their regularly assigned duties to conduct union business.

OPM Director Archuleta Promotes Public Service Recognition Week, Quiet on Federal Employees Performing Union Business

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuelta is one of several high-level bureaucrats that are promoting Public Service Recognition Week, and will participate in a town hall meeting to discuss “the value of government service and the dedicated men and women who deliver that value on behalf of the American people every day.”

Administration Still Dragging Feet on Official Time

By Iain Murray, National Review Online

“Official time” is the process by which taxpayers subsidize unions whose full-time officials are nominally government employees by paying them as if they were working for the taxpayer (the IRS has over 200 such employees, paid by the taxpayer but working for the union).

Union Work on the Taxpayers’ Dime

By Congressman Dennis Ross,

Each day, our taxpayer dollars are wasted. They are wasted on countless projects and activities including failed energy programs that are propped up by our administration, on government bailouts of billion-dollar private companies, and on federal employees conducting union business on official taxpayer time.