Federal Union Sues Dept. of Veterans Affairs Over Unlawful Ban on Official Time
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brittany Holder
“Official Time is in the best interest of the government, the taxpayer and, in the case of the VA, our veterans,” stated Randy Erwin, NFFE National President. “The crux of the issue is that under Official Time, VA employees serve as an independent voice regarding working conditions, safety issues and mismanagement. Plus, they represent whistleblowers and other employees who make credible claims against fraud, waste, abuse, and political coercion and corruption. Official Time is an internal system of checks and balances, and to perform these duties as required by law, employees from all professions are needed to serve on Official Time status.”
The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia at approximately 6:00 PM today, requesting judicial review of the repudiation notice from the VA, citing federal law that guarantees the right of Title 38 employees to use Official Time to represent employees at the VA.