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Introduced in Senate (07/23/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1338

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.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 23, 2013

Mr. Coburn introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 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) 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 Congress a report on the operation of this section during the most recent full fiscal year.

“(2) Each report submitted under this subsection shall include the following information with respect to the most recent full fiscal year:

“(A) The total amount of official time granted to employees.

“(B) The average amount of official time expended by an employee in an appropriate unit represented by an exclusive representative.

“(C) The specific types of activities or purposes for which official time was granted, and the impact that the granting of official time for those activities or purposes had on agency operations.

“(D) The total number of employees to whom official time was granted, and, of that total number, the number of employees 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 health benefits, retirement benefits, life insurance benefits, and student loan repayments) afforded to employees in connection with activities or purposes for which the employees were granted official time.

“(F) The dollar value of any office space, furnishings, equipment, or supplies provided by the Government in connection with activities or purposes for which employees were granted official time.

“(3) All information included in a report under this subsection—

“(A) shall be provided both as to each agency and for all agencies; and

“(B) shall be accompanied by the corresponding information for the fiscal year before the most recent full fiscal year, 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) that may be granted to an employee under this chapter (including under 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.”.

(b) Applicability.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to the first calendar year that begins at least 3 months after the date of enactment of this Act, and each calendar year thereafter.