Unions push back on OPM break up

Unions continue to criticize the White House proposal to break up of the Office of Personnel Management, and to merge most of its functions into the General Services Administration.

That president made it clear his proposal—much-discussed last fall, and reemerging this spring—is still in play, and the proposed change is included in his budget proposal, unveiled last month.

The National Federation of Federal Employees this week added yet again to what has been a drumbeat against the plan from a range of federal unions.

“Without a legitimate business case or a researched plan of any kind, it is reasonable to assume that the Administration’s only goal is to dissolve an agency that provides some level of consistency and transparency within the nonpolitical ranks of government,” NFFE Executive Director Steve Lenkart said on the union’s website. “This follows a pattern of political distortion by this administration aimed at agencies and tribunals that enforce workforce law, including the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and the Merit Systems Protection Board.”

NFFE’s reaction is just the latest round, and comes in step with recent sharp criticism of the plan from the American Federation of Government Employees, as well as from the National Treasury Employees Union –-among others.

“NTEU continues its opposition to this plan that would open the non-partisan, merit-based civil service to political influence—a potential return to the spoils system that would undercut the professional federal workplace that serves our country,” NTEU said last month.

Reader comments

Thu, Jul 4, 2019

OPM needs to GO. Too big, too much bureaucracy, no accountability behind their impenetrable wall, and too much redundancy. And I’m a federal employee. Just go to their mess of a website and type ANYTHING into the search bar. A million things completely unrelated to what you put in will come up, no matter how specific your search words. Now they need to right size OIT. They have cooked IT support to work exactly the same way.

Thu, Apr 4, 2019

The break up of OPM idea is obviously a plan to cause even more chaos and less institutional strength for federal employees. It's become routine these last couple of years. Ridiculous.

Wed, Apr 3, 2019 Robert Peters IL

It will probably lead to a decrease in benefits!!

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