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(NEWSER) – Federal workers need to provide their own dishes and cutlery at work, according to the Government Accountability Office. National Weather Service employees have been feuding with the Commerce Department, arguing federal agencies should foot the bill for dishware, since 2013 when Commerce said it could no longer provide "disposable plates, cups, and cutlery" initially supplied during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak.

An arbitrator sided with the employees, noting the items led to better work performance, but Commerce appealed. The Federal Labor Relations Authority has yet to rule on the case, but a separate decision from the GAO finds disposable utensils and tableware "clearly constitute a personal expense," theWashington Post reports.

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