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May 14, 2019

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Congress Must Fully Fund and Protect OPM, Union Says

Categories: OPM, AFGE National President

Administration set up OPM to fail, new document shows

WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to a Government Executive article regarding the fate of the Office of Personnel Management:

“By divesting OPM of its responsibility to conduct background investigations on federal employees and contractors, the Trump administration has created the crisis it is now using to justify abolishing OPM. According to an administration document first reported by Government Executive, transferring background investigations to the Department of Defense will result in OPM losing more than 80 percent of its revolving fund, which the administration says ‘will dramatically undercut OPM’s ability to operate and maintain the systems that support the federal civilian workforce.’

“This administration is clearly following a ‘ready, shoot, aim’ strategy built on misleading everyone about its motivations. Congress must prevent this reckless move in order to protect OPM the institution from this irresponsible plan.”

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