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H.R. 1293 (115th): To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees.


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 5, 2017 (Reported by Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1293 requires the Office of Personnel Management to report annually on the use of “official time” by Federal employees. Official time is time spent by Federal employees performing representational work for a bargaining unit in lieu of their regularly assigned work. The bill would require the OPM report to include the purpose for the use of official time, the amount of compensation paid for official time, and the locations where the official time duty occurs.

Official time is paid time off from assigned government duties to represent a union or its bargaining unit employees. Federal employees on official time are treated as if they are in duty status ...


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Calendar No. 236

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1293

[Report No. 115–167]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 25, 2017

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

October 5, 2017

Reported by , without amendment

AN ACT

To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees.

1.

Reporting requirement

(a)

In general

Section 7131 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(e)
(1)
(A)

Not later than March 31 of each calendar year, the Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget, shall submit to each House of Congress a report on the operation of this section during the fiscal year last ending before the start of such calendar year.

(B)

Not later than December 31 of each calendar year, each agency (as defined by section 7103(a)(3)) shall furnish to the Office of Personnel Management the information which such Office requires, with respect to such agency, for purposes of the report which is next due under subparagraph (A).

(2)

Each report by the Office of Personnel Management under this subsection shall include, with respect to the fiscal year described in paragraph (1)(A), at least the following information:

(A)

The total amount of official time granted to employees.

(B)

The average amount of official time expended per bargaining unit employee.

(C)

The specific types of activities or purposes for which official time was granted, and the impact which the granting of such official time for such activities or purposes had on agency operations.

(D)

The total number of employees to whom official time was granted, and, of that total, the number who were not engaged in any activities or purposes except activities or purposes involving the use of official time.

(E)

The total amount of compensation (including fringe benefits) afforded to employees in connection with activities or purposes for which they were granted official time.

(F)

The total amount of official time spent by employees representing Federal employees who are not union members in matters authorized by this chapter.

(G)

A description of any room or space designated at the agency (or its subcomponent) where official time activities will be conducted, including the square footage of any such room or space.

(3)

All information included in a report by the Office of Personnel Management under this subsection with respect to a fiscal year—

(A)

shall be shown both agency-by-agency and for all agencies; and

(B)

shall be accompanied by the corresponding information (submitted by the Office in its report under this subsection) for the fiscal year before the fiscal year to which such report pertains, together with appropriate comparisons and analyses.

(4)

For purposes of this subsection, the term official time means any period of time, regardless of agency nomenclature—

(A)

which may be granted to an employee under this chapter (including a collective bargaining agreement entered into under this chapter) to perform representational or consultative functions; and

(B)

during which the employee would otherwise be in a duty status.

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(b)

Applicability

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall be effective beginning with the report which, under the provisions of such amendment, is first required to be submitted by the Office of Personnel Management to each House of Congress by a date which occurs at least 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.

October 5, 2017

Reported without amendment