The Washington Examiner is reporting that 346 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs do no actual work for taxpayers.
Instead, they spend time doing work on behalf of their union while drawing a handsome federal salary, a practice known as “official time.”
But exactly what the VA workers in question are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA offers no record of their work habits.
“I haven’t heard one good, acceptable reason why the practice has continued,” says an investigator.
The VA is not eager to discuss the matter with the Examiner.
After several days of being asked, the VA offered the following statement: “VA believes that the appropriate use of official time can be beneficial and in the public interest as stated in the Federal Service Labor-Relations Statute, which governs how executive branch agencies treat official time. VA takes the position that labor and management have a shared responsibility to ensure that official time is authorized and used appropriately. VA practices are in compliance with the Federal Service Labor-Relations Statute.”