If official time truly served the public interest, why is this? Why does it take Freedom of Information Act requests to reveal this information? Why is it not quantified and publicly disclosed? Why does the Office of Personnel Management ignore the requests of members of Congress and resist revealing this data in a timely fashion? And why has no agency or union ever attempted to quantify the direct public benefits that result from official time?
According to the Civil Service Reform Act, official time is a crucial cog in the machine of collective bargaining, which, officials claim, safeguards the public interest. If this is so, why keep it secret?