Congress

Connolly introduces bill to 'rebuild' OPM

By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268 

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chair of the subcommittee on government operations of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would retool the legislative foundation of the Office of Personnel Management.

The bill seeks to designate OPM’s official mission as the “leader in enterprise strategic human capital management” and add the qualification that future OPM directors are “nonpartisan.”

This proposal comes months after the National Academy of Public Administration issued a report on OPM, mandated by Congress in the NY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. This came after efforts from the Trump administration to abolish the agency and merge it into the General Services Administration.

“We successfully stopped the previous administration from abolishing OPM, now we have a responsibility to rebuild and modernize this agency,” Connolly said in a statement about the bill. “Federal employees are the crown jewel of government, and we must build a human resources agency nimble and prepared to help us attract and retain the talent our nation needs to provide vital services today and into the future.”

The House Oversight and Reform Committee chair, Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) cosponsored the bill.

Some of the proposals stem directly from recommendations included in that NAPA report, which recommended that Congress clarify OPM’s mission as the government-wide independent HR agency.

The section of the bill on qualifications for future OPM directors also includes the criteria that they have “demonstrated human capital expertise and management and leadership experience.”

The bill also would create a federal advisory committee for OPM made of representatives from the public sector, nonprofits, federal employee unions and chief human capital officers.

About the Author

Natalie Alms is a staff writer at FCW covering the federal workforce. She is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University and has written for the Salisbury (N.C.) Post. Connect with Natalie on Twitter at @AlmsNatalie.

Featured

  • Workforce
    White House rainbow light shutterstock ID : 1130423963 By zhephotography

    White House rolls out DEIA strategy

    On Tuesday, the Biden administration issued agencies a roadmap to guide their efforts to develop strategic plans for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA), as required under a as required under a June executive order.

  • Defense
    software (whiteMocca/Shutterstock.com)

    Why DOD is so bad at buying software

    The Defense Department wants to acquire emerging technology faster and more efficiently. But will its latest attempts to streamline its processes be enough?

Stay Connected