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OPM reorg would outsource work to GSA

If Congress doesn't go along with a plan to reorganize the Office of Personnel Management, the agency still plans to push ahead administratively through outsourcing.

Margaret Weichert, OPM's acting chief, told reporters at a May 14 press briefing that the Trump administration is seeking a legislative solution to the agency's funding, IT and workforce policy challenges, but absent that, there are interagency agreements, synergies and other activities that the personnel agency can pursue to outsource work to the General Services Administration and other agencies.

"We're not seeking to go outside of any authorities without legislative involvement that we do not have today, but we believe there are a number of places where we can shore up the mission with tighter collaboration with GSA," Weichert said.

These include tapping Title 40 authority to outsource some procurement activities to GSA and exploring interagency agreements to hire GSA to support OPM's IT mission through centers of excellence and other programs.

Weichert said that the administration plans to submit a legislative proposal to Congress by May 17. It's not clear how the plan will be received, particularly in the House of Representatives.

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