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OPM reorganizes HR data management teams

The Office of Personnel Management just launched a new division called the Human Capital Data Management and Modernization Directorate, with the goal of "promoting IT modernization, data accountability, and transparency, and the workforce of the future," OPM Director Michael Rigas said in a statement.

The new unit will use an enterprisewide approach to advance the collection, use and accessibility of human capital management data to improve decision-making. 

The Federal Data Solutions team will move from the Office of the CIO into the new unit as will the Office of Strategy and Innovation/Data Analysis Group, which will become a unit within Employee Services, Strategic Workforce Planning.

In its letter notifying the union of the reorganization, OPM said the 22 affected employees would keep their position descriptions and work under the same performance standards, though they may receive some new assignments as the units begin work.

The American Federation of Government Employees Local 32, however, characterized the move as another step toward the proposed merger of OPM and the General Services Administration – which is on hold because of instructions from Congress.

The changes are “effectively abolishing certain positions and reassigning those duties, substantively changing employees’ duties and the policymaking process,” AFGE Local 32 President Marlo Bryant-Cunningham said. "The administration is quietly pursuing this merger by another name through personnel changes that shift policymaking responsibilities away from OPM and toward GSA."

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