Through a new report drafted and disguised as collaboration among stakeholders, including employee unions, corporate interests are pushing policy makers to abolish the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and contract out the agency’s important personnel functions.
The new report entitled "Recommendations to Congress and the Administration, Transforming the Governance of Federal Human Capital Management, Creating Capacity to Enable Effective Change" was issued July 16 by the Senior Executives Association (SEA) and Center for Organizational Excellence (COE). It offers 3 recommendations and 16 actions.
The 120-page report, released as another organization is embarking on a congressionally mandated study on the merger of the OPM and the General Services Administration (GSA), is chock full of controversial statements and false claims, including, “All have agreed that civil service modernization is necessary but is (sic) has not been accomplished due to a lack of capacity.”
But before discussing the content of the report – recommendations to abolish OPM cloaked in vague corporate doublespeak – let’s review some facts about it and how it came about.
Read Loeb’s full letter to SEA and COE here.
You may think that your audience, "Congress and the administration" will see your report as a thoughtful and considered review of federal human capital practices with genuine input and recommendations from a variety of sources, but no one will be fooled,” Loeb wrote to SEA and COE. “It is nothing but a dishonest attempt to promote the administration's effort to abolish OPM and politicize the career civil service, and simultaneously destroy the pay and benefits programs that protect the civil service from the corruption of politics and discrimination.
The Trump administration wants to dismantle OPM and politicize the civil service – and they are setting OPM up to fail. Instead of contracting out work from OPM, enriching contractors, and destroying our civil service, we ought to take that same money and make the needed investments in OPM so government workers have the resources and infrastructure needed to perform our duties effectively.