Chairs Connolly and Maloney Applaud OPM Report Committing to Safeguard and Modernize the Federal Workforce
Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2021)— Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee Government Operations, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, applauded a new report by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that reinforces the agency’s independence to retain and attract a talented federal government workforce.
“I spent two years ensuring the federal government retained a strong, well-resourced Office of Personnel Management focused on building and retaining an inimitable civil service. Today’s OPM report shows that OPM and the Biden Administration are dedicated to its federal workforce. We look forward to partnering with OPM and the Administration to rebuild OPM and design the workforce we need to serve this nation,” said Chairman Connolly.
“The Committee was right to fight President Trump’s misguided attempts to abolish OPM. People are at the heart of the Federal Government. To help federal workers meet the unprecedented challenges facing us today, we must revitalize OPM. I support Director Ahuja and the Office of Personnel Management in providing governmentwide leadership in supporting our federal workforce,” said Chairwoman Maloney.
Today’s OPM report responds to recommendations from the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), an independent study Rep. Connolly successfully pushed for in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act as part of its oversight efforts that prevented the Trump Administration’s from eliminating OPM and politicizing the federal workforce.
In its report issued in March 2021, NAPA concluded that OPM’s challenges would not be solved by transferring functions to the Office of Management and Budget and General Services Administration – as planned by the Trump Administration. Instead, the recommendations highlighted several challenges that require action, including a lack of sustained leadership and priorities at OPM, limited use of data and analytics to inform policy, outdated information technology systems, and constrained financial and staffing resources.
NAPA emphasized that OPM should:
- reframe its mission, organization, and processes to make it the leader for federal civilian human capital and advance human capital as a strategic priority across the federal government;
- reorient its internal culture from a focus on compliance “to a more customer-focused, strategic, and forward-looking mindset;” and
- set policy, facilitate innovation and the sharing of best practices, and collect/use data and data analytics.