Tomorrow, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a markup to consider a variety of legislation. Included on the Committee’s agenda are two newly-introduced bills in the first session of the 115th Congress on official time. H.R. 1293, introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) is a bill requiring an annual report from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on agencies’ use of official time*—it is a bill that has been introduced and has passed the House in several previous Congresses. Additionally, Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) introduced a bill yesterday that seeks to substantially limit official time—by not providing retirement credit to individuals who spend more than 80% of their regular work hours on official time.
NTEU is strongly opposing both pieces of legislation, and has sent a letter to Committee members in advance of tomorrow’s markup. Additionally, NTEU National President Tony Reardon will be meeting with Members who serve on the Committee later this afternoon to discuss our concerns regarding the bill’s negative impact.
I will update you regarding the Committee’s actions.
* – Official time is the time Union representatives (stewards and officers in the chapters) use to perform Union representational duties. Please refer to Article 10 of the CBA for more information.