Strong words. It's true that the Partnership has called for a total reform of the federal pay system and a move away from the General Schedule. Partnership Vice President for Policy John Palguta has said that while opposition to using programs like NSPS to curtail labor rights can be justified, it doesn’t necessarily invalidate efforts to reform evaluation and compensation. But Stier also has spoken out against attempts to suggest that federal employees are overpaid, and the Partnership has launched a major call to reform the way agencies bring new people on board and train them.
Partnership spokeswoman Sarah Howe said the organization would take a pass on answering whether Stier was up for the top job at OPM, and on responding to AFGE's opposition. The Partnership is normally one of the most voluble organizations on the block, but Stier wouldn't talk about who he was speaking with during the general election, and he wouldn't talk about who he talks to on the transition team. If he's clamming up about his own prospects, that makes me inclined to think he's a possible nominee.