Maryland lawmaker: OPM-GSA merger will not happen

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the administration’s controversial plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration “is simply ‘not going to happen,’” Federal Times reports.

Hoyer, speaking at an Aug. 22 press lunch, called the plan a “perverse recommendation,” noting that the White House would have to work around entire funding bills to make the plan happen as two appropriations bills forbid funding for the plan, according to the report.

Although, the Trump administration contends that the merger is to improve efficiency, Hoyer said he does not believe that to be the case, but instead, the administration wants “’to break up certain agencies of government because they’re hostile to government,’” the article notes, adding that he also said it doesn’t make “any intellectual sense,” to merge an agency charged with managing individuals with one that is charged with managing buildings.

Reader comments

Thu, Aug 29, 2019

The problem is that management and political appointees only do one thing really good is destroy morale and careers. The management at the big outfit in Bethesda go on retreats to perfect such skills. Time to reduce such numbers and let the workers to what they are supposed to do.

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Stenny, Go after the ineffectual management bloat at the big outfit in Bethesda. These idiots are responsible for corrupt acts including time card issues such as teleworking when they are actually on vacation; back stabbing and gender bias and making sure they write each other up for large bonuses along with taking credit for work they never did. The rank and file employees fall further behind and the smart ones retire or leave civil service.

Mon, Aug 26, 2019 Arizona

I agree wholeheartedly with Rep. Hoyer and strongly hope he prevails.

Mon, Aug 26, 2019

I can see why the private sector loves GSA because they make 10x the money with virtually no accountability. GSA can't build a building that doesn't leak. They can't carpet a single office for less than $4k.

Mon, Aug 26, 2019

Brains may yet prevail! Managing buildings is much easier than managing people. People think, insist on reasonable treatment and insist on keeping their dignity. Buildings and many political appointees just sit there and let the manager do what seems cool at the moment.

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