Week ending May 26, 2017
H.R.1293 – 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
H.R. 1293 amends title 5, United States Code, to require the Office of Personnel Management, in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget, to submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of “official time” by federal employees.
Official time is time a federal employee performs regularly assigned duties. Employees who serve as union representatives to negotiate collective bargaining agreements, participate in proceedings before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and perform certain representational activities in lieu of their regular duties.
80 percent of the federal workforce is not unionized, but the bill was amended to calculate such time used for non-union members.
US law states that the use of official time must be reasonable, necessary, and in the public interest and agencies are not required to report the amount of representational activities done on official time however OPM did report those times until 2002 but continued to provide guidance to agencies on collecting that data.
Current OPM data calculates that representational time adds up to 2.81 hours per employee at a cost of $162 million and that is a 1.3 percent increase over 2014.
H.R. 1293 requires agencies to provide OPM with the information it requires for the report. In addition, H.R. 1293 requires that OPM’s report include “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 although some information is already captured. The report must alsocalculate room space used for representational activities.
(Full text of H.R. 1293 at congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] (Introduced 03/01/2017)
Status: Passed House /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: CBO estimates that any additional costs would be less than $500,000 annually; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
Pay-as-you-go requirements: pay-as-you-go procedures apply
Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 1293 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
Dynamic Scoring: CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1293 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
Tax Complexity: Not applicable to this bill.
Earmark Certification: This bill does not include any congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9 of rule XXI.
Duplication of programs: In accordance with clause 2(c)(5) of rule XIII no provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another Federal program
Direct Rule-Making: The Committee estimates that enacting this bill does not direct the completion of any specific rule makings within the meaning of section 551 or title 5, United States Code.
Advisory Committee Statement: The Committee finds that the legislation does not establish or authorize the establishment of an advisory committee within the definition of Section 5(b) of the appendix to title 5, United States Code.
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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