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From Rep. Phil Gingrey:
Ross and Gingrey Demand Transparency from OPM
Request Information on Union Activities on Official Time
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11) sent a letter to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, Katherine Archuleta, to request a report on the number of hours spent by federal employees conducting union business on official time during Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013).
“Americans deserve to know where their tax dollars are being spent, and failure to publish an official time report only perpetuates their distrust of the Obama Administration,” said Gingrey. “The American people would be better served if the use of official time were fully repealed – as I have proposed in my bill, the Federal Employee Accountability Act. Until this legislation becomes law, however, the least the administration can do to provide adequate transparency and accountability is disclose every penny of our taxpayer’s money going to pay union salaries. OPM must commit to responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars by immediately releasing the FY13 Official Time Report.”
“Since taxpayers pay the salary of all federal employees, they have a right to know how much of their money is used for conducting union business while on the clock,” said Ross. “That’s why I introduced the Official Time Reporting Act which would require OPM to submit an annual report to Congress on the use of official time by federal employees. We are more than $17 trillion in debt. I believe in fair representation; however, we must ensure that we are spending the people’s hard-earned money wisely.”
U.S. Reps. Ross and Gingrey requested an Official Time report in previous years. According to OPM’s Fiscal Year 2012 Official Time report, federal employees spent roughly 3.4 million hours (costing taxpayers more than $155 million) conducting union business while on official duty that year.