Federal - HR 1364

A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to limit the use of official time for political activity and to exclude certain official time from eligibility as creditable service under CSRS and FERS, and for other purposes.

Introduced

March 6, 2017

Description

A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to limit the use of official time for political activity and to exclude certain official time from eligibility as creditable service under CSRS and FERS, and for other purposes.

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Oppose

Original Sponsor 1

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  • April 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hartzler, (R-Mo.)
  • March 10, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Recruitment, Retention and Relocation Bonuses
      Foxx, R-N.C. —

    Amendment that would require employees who have spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time activities in the first six months after their appointment or relocation to repay any recruitment and relocation bonuses.

    It also would specify that a retention bonus would not be paid to an employee who for a period of six consecutive months of service has spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time. The provisions would be applicable starting on Oct. 1, 2017.

    Amendment that would require employees who have spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time activities in the first six months after their appointment or relocation to repay any recruitment and relocation bonuses.

    It also would specify that a retention bonus would not be paid to an employee who for a period of six consecutive months of service has spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time. The provisions would be applicable starting on Oct. 1, 2017.

    Adopted 18-11.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Whistleblower Activity Exemption
      Connolly, D-Va. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time spent assisting whistleblowers in communicating with Congress and disclosing waste, fraud and abuse. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time spent assisting whistleblowers in communicating with Congress and disclosing waste, fraud and abuse. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 12-21.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Foreign Government Illegal Activity Exemption
      Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time spent "protecting the rights" of Defense Department or other national security agency employees who have "reported, identified or prevented" illegal activity by a foreign government, including Russia. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time spent "protecting the rights" of Defense Department or other national security agency employees who have "reported, identified or prevented" illegal activity by a foreign government, including Russia. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 15-21.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Workplace Safety Activity Exemption
      R. Kelly, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time spent on workplace safety issues in the workplace. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time spent on workplace safety issues in the workplace. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 15-21.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Veterans Employment Rights Activity Exemption
      Lynch, D-Mass. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to enhance working conditions for and safeguarding the employment rights of veterans or examining how to deal with veterans concerns whose employment has been slowed down by President Donald Trump's Jan. 23, 2017, hiring freeze announcement. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to enhance working conditions for and safeguarding the employment rights of veterans or examining how to deal with veterans concerns whose employment has been slowed down by President Donald Trump's Jan. 23, 2017, hiring freeze announcement. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 17-21.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Agency Conflict of Interest Exemption
      Raskin, D-Md. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to identify, prevent and address federal agency conflict of interest issues. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to identify, prevent and address federal agency conflict of interest issues. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 17-21.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Sexual Harassment Exemption
      Plaskett, D-V.I. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to deal with sexual harassment issues in the workplace. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to deal with sexual harassment issues in the workplace. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 17-22.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Unlawful Discrimination Exemption
      Lawrence, D-Mich. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to deal with unlawful discrimination issues in the workplace. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to deal with unlawful discrimination issues in the workplace. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 17-22.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Non-Union Members Representation Exemption
      Norton, D-D.C. —

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to represent non-union members in any grievances, disciplinary issues or other employment concerns. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Amendment that would exclude from the calculation of a federal employee's use of official time any time used to represent non-union members in any grievances, disciplinary issues or other employment concerns. It would specify that time spent on such activities would not be included in the threshold used to determine the amount deducted from the employee's pension.

    Rejected 17-23.

    March 10, 2017 — Committee Vote: Official Time Activities — Vote to Report

    Limit the use of official time, the time used by federal employees designated as union representatives, for political activity. It also would specify that a federal employee who works at least 80 percent of their day on official time for more than one year would not be able to get credit for service for that time. The provision would apply to those employees under the old Civil Service Retirement System and the current Federal Employees Retirement System.

    As amended, it would require employees who have spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time activities in the first six months after their appointment or relocation to repay any recruitment and relocation bonuses.

    It also would specify that a retention bonus would not be paid to an employee who for a period of six consecutive months of service has spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time. The provisions would be applicable starting on Oct. 1, 2017.

    Limit the use of official time, the time used by federal employees designated as union representatives, for political activity. It also would specify that a federal employee who works at least 80 percent of their day on official time for more than one year would not be able to get credit for service for that time. The provision would apply to those employees under the old Civil Service Retirement System and the current Federal Employees Retirement System.

    As amended, it would require employees who have spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time activities in the first six months after their appointment or relocation to repay any recruitment and relocation bonuses.

    It also would specify that a retention bonus would not be paid to an employee who for a period of six consecutive months of service has spent at least 80 percent of the time doing official time. The provisions would be applicable starting on Oct. 1, 2017.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) 23-17.
  • March 9, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

  • March 8, 2017 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

  • March 6, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Oversight and Government Reform.Congressional Record p. H1537

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