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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.

Tags: OPM , workforce , Katherine Archuleta , Dennis Ross , Phil Gingrey , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 02:37pm EDT

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.

Tags: Tom Coburn , workforce , Rob Portman , OPM , Cogan Schneier

Monday - 07/22/2013, 04:12pm EDT

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.

Tags: workforce , management , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , John Tester , Tom Coburn , Rob Portman , Katherine Archuleta , technology , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 11:20am EDT
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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.

Tags: Congress , Senate , OPM , Tom Coburn , John Berry , standby pay , furloughs , workforce

Friday - 03/29/2013, 03:04pm EDT

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.

Tags: workforce , OPM , unions , Phil Gingrey , Dennis Ross , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , Congress , Jason Miller

Monday - 02/18/2013, 05:11am EST
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BLS: Public sector union membership 5 times higher than private sector

In 2011, more than 28 percent of federal employees were union members. That's in contrast to less than 7 percent of unionized employees in the private sector.

Tags: BLS , unions , Bill Fletcher , AFGE , Dennis Ross ,

Monday - 01/30/2012, 10:45am EST

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.

Tags: pay and benefits , Stephen Lynch , Dennis Ross , Phil Gingrey , Tim Curry , OPM , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , John Gage , AFGE , Vincent Vernuccio , Competitive Enterprise Institute , labor-management relations , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/02/2011, 07:51am EDT
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