The Office of Personnel Management recently released a long-awaited report on official time for fiscal 2014. It found agencies used slightly more official time that year than fiscal 2012, the last time OPM completed a governmentwide report on the topic. The report’s release comes as Congress looks to limit federal employees’ official time use.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the resolution is part of a package, signed by President Donald Trump, to “roll back job killing rules.”
A new bill that would limit how much time doctors, nurses and other employees at the Veterans Affairs Department could spend on union business has support now from VA itself. The department said having its employees spend 100 percent of their hours on official time is “necessary, reasonable and in the public’s best interest.”
The Environmental Protection Agency faces a 31 percent cut to its budget, a number that agency advocates say will harm the workforce and public health.
With the President’s fiscal 2018 budget expected later this week, lawmakers and federal employee unions are gearing up for what could be a long and contentious fight over civilian agency spending and possible cuts to other federal employee programs. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association says the 2018 budget is its biggest challenge this year.
Official time has been a hot topic for House lawmakers this week. A new bill would limit official time for all employees at the Veterans Affairs Department and would set special limits for doctors and other workers involved in direct patient care.
Two lawmakers have introduced legislation that would leverage pensions and benefits in an effort to reign in use of official time and has resulted in hours of debate and a deeper divide over the subject of unions.
Significant cuts to EPA’s state programs and workforce have sent agency executives and employees’ unions scrambling to get a better understanding of what direction the Trump administration wants to take the department.
Are civil servants as overworked, fearful and distracted as we’re told constantly by the media? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know.
About 58 percent of federal employees say their workloads have increased since President Donald Trump authorized a temporary hiring freeze for some agencies, according to a recent survey from the National Treasury Employees Union.
A judged ruled in favor of thousands of people who claimed the federal government was wrong not to pay them on time for their work during the first week of the government shutdown.
A recent Government Accountability Office report on the Veterans Affairs Department and its employees’ use of official time is renewing a debate among lawmakers: Does official time have a place within agency operations, and how much time is too much?
Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko and Carol Bonosaro, retired president of the Senior Executives Association join host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss the federal hiring freeze and five to eight bills in Congress that could affect feds if they become law. February 15, 2017
Agencies are under obligation to keep track of official hours. But the Veterans Affairs Department is having trouble doing that.