Ross Statement on OPM's Response to Official Time Inquiry
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross issued the following statement in response to the Office of Personnel Management’s “Official Time Usage in the Federal Government: Fiscal Year 2011 Survey Responses.” This report was requested November 2012. It shows an almost 10 percent increase in time spent on representational duties, which cost the government a total of $155 million.
“When we are $16 trillion in debt and many people are struggling to provide for their families, it’s a disgrace that $155 million taxpayer dollars were spent on union activities,” said Ross. “I believe in fair representation, but we must ensure that we are spending the people’s money wisely.”
-Agencies reported that bargaining unit employees spent a total of 3,395,187 hours performing representational duties on official time
NOTE: This is an increase of 9.66 percent compared to FY 2010
-Grand total cost of official time across all agencies in FY11 was $155,573,739.25
NOTE: In comparing FY 2010 and FY 2011 data, the cost of official time hours increased by 11.86 percent.
-You can read the full report here: http://dennisross.house.gov/UploadedFiles/FY11_Official_Time_Report.pdf