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).

Federal Workers Got $155M in Tax Dollars to Work for Labor Unions

By Alissa Tabirian,

Federal employees were paid more than $155 million of taxpayer dollars in 2011 for spending more than 3.4 million hours of “official time” on labor union activities that fell outside their assigned government duties, according to a survey by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Official Time

Time To Make Federal Employees Accountable

Government labor unions have long been able to conduct union business while on the job and on the taxpayer dime, under a little-known policy called “official time.” On July 17, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced legislation that would greatly reduce this tax give-away to unions.

Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Use of “Official Time” in Federal Workforce

Office of Senator Tom Coburn

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Federal Employee Accountability Act, a bill that would reduce “official time” for government employees.

IRS Paying Over 200 Employees to Work Full-Time For Labor Union

By Eliana Johnson, National Review Online

The Internal Revenue Service pays over 200 full-time employees not to conduct audits or process tax returns but to work for a federal employees’ union, according to documents released by the agency in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the advocacy group Americans for Limited Government.