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Lawmakers question amount of time VA employees spend on union activities:

WASHINGTON — Some House Republicans blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday for allowing employees to spend what they considered too much time engaging in union activities. Two House subcommittees met Thursday following a report from the Government Accountability Office that found the VA was not tracking the amount of work time employees spent on union activities. The GAO, a leading government watchdog, initiated the report because of scrutiny over how the VA manages employee time. In 2012, the Office of Personnel Management found approximately 250,000 VA employees spent about 1.1 million hours on union activities, referred to as “official time.” “Official time certainly is of benefit, but when it’s used in excess, it becomes abusive,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the subcommittee on government operations. “Today is a somber moment. We have a ...

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