7" .i?3 . ...L . - 01038 -[ 11051894] rFl~xible .1. ., DaCUllift IISUIII and Co.pressed lori sQhedules for Federal E.ployeesl. B-179810. Barch 23, 1977. 2 pp. Letter ~o da.es B. Prey. Assistant Director for LegislatiYe Reference, Office of Banage.ent and Budget; by Paul G. De.bling, General Counsel. Issue Irea: Personnel Banage.ent and Co.pensatioJl (300,. Contact: Office of the General Counsel: .Civilian Personnel. Budget Function: GeJleral Govern_ant: central Personnel lIanage.ent (8.05'. organization concerned: Civil Ser"ice Coaaission. Authority: Pair Labor Standards Act of 1938, sec. 7 (52 Stat. 1063; 29 U.S.C. 207,. S. 517 (95th Cong.,. Johnnie Lupton Cfw. Pers. UNITeD STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON, D.C. 20548 B-l79810 l-lr. James M. Frey Assistant Director for Legislative Reference Office of Management and Budget Dear Mr. Frey: Reference is made to your Legislative Referral Memorandum of March 8, 1977, Subject: "(1) Civil Service Commission draft bill 'To authorize Federal agencies to experiment with flexible and compressed employee work sehedules,' and (2) S. 517 'To authorize employees and aRencies of the Government of the United States to e:cperiment 'nth flexible and compressed work ochedu1es, tI' that referred subject legislation to this Office for comment by March 22 I 1977. Various committees of the Congress have requested this Office to comment on legislation concerning this matter, including S. 517. As of this date we have not completed our review of such legislation. However, in order to be responsive to yocr request. we have reviewed the draft l~gislation you forwarded with your lUftOrandum. That legislation was initiated as a result of our report, to the Chairman of the Civil Service Conmission (eSC). entitled '~egal Limitations on Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules for Federal Employees" (B-1798l0, dated October 21, 1974). We have maintained an informal wor1dnr. relationship with the CSC throu~hout the drafting of the aforementioned proposed legis- lation and have had the opport1mity of reviewing several previous drafts. We believe the present draft is very responsive to recom- mendations made by this Office. We recognize tl1at the changes proposed by the draft bill in the overtime provisions of title 5 of the United States Code and in section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (52 Stat. 1063, 29 U.S.C. § 207), may cause employees and labor organizations to become concerned that some potential would exist for management to s • 1 1-179810 use new \lork schedules to avoid psyment of overtiDle. However. we are of the opinion that the draft bill contains sufficient safeguards to preclude such abuses by requiring that overtime officially ordered in ~dvance will be compensable. . The draft bill appears to provide the requisite aut~or1ty and flexibility to permit asp-neies to test and experiment with various \lork schedules as envisioned in the aforementioned General Accounting Office report. Aceordin~ly, \Ie support the bill as drafted and recommend no chanp,es at this t1me. Sincerely yours, Paul G. Demblinr, General Counsel - 2 -
Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules for Federal Employees
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-03-23.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)