Dems pen letter urging denial of funds for OPM reorg
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Apr 04, 2019
House Democrats on April 4 sent a letter to their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee urging them to reject funding for the planned merger of General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management.
The plan calls for the policy side of OPM to be merged into the White House and for insurance and pensions and other back office functions to move to GSA, including moving OPM’s security clearance operations to the Defense Department.
“We have grave concerns about the administration’s proposal to dismantle OPM and shift its functions to GSA, the Department of Defense, and the Executive Office of the President. We are also troubled that the administration has failed to adequately consult with Congress on the merger and reorganization plans,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the chairman of the subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and others, wrote in the letter.
The letter was sent to House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and ranking member Kay Granger (R-Texas), and urged them not to include money requested by the White House to facilitate the reorganization, citing a lack of rationale or legal authority.
The White House is requesting $50 million for the plan in its 2020 fiscal year budget request.
According to the House members, after several requests over the last two years, they have asked the administration, unsuccessfully, to provide more details of the plan.
They are asking that the approval of funds be denied until such information is made available.
“Until the administration has provided Congress with adequate policy and legal justification for reorganizing OPM, Congress should prohibit funds to carry out any activities related to the Administration’s proposal,” the letter concluded.
Read the full letter here.