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Press Release Published: Apr 16, 2024

Comer & Sessions Statements on Departure of OPM Director Kiran Ahuja

WASHINGTON—House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Government Operations and the Federal Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) issued the following statements on Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kiran Ahuja stepping down.

“Under Director Ahuja, OPM is more like the Office of Personnel Mismanagement. During our hearing earlier this Congress on OPM, Director Ahuja was unable to answer basic questions regarding the number of federal employees who were teleworking. And one of the last actions by OPM while she was director was to push out a final rule shielding federal workers from accountability. The next OPM director must show more commitment to putting the interests of the American people before those of federal employee unions,” said Chairman Comer.

“OPM wants to be considered the federal government’s human resources agency, but under Director Ahuja, OPM has shown a lack of interest in acting like it. It does not have a handle on key issues like telework or the amount of union official time occurring in agencies. Rather, her tenure has been marked by a continual stream of policies intended to further entrench federal employee unions and shield civil servants from accountability. The next OPM director must do better,” said Subcommittee Chairman Sessions.

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Hearing Wrap Up: Waste and Mismanagement at OPM is Reducing Services and Raising Costs for Taxpayers

Comer: OPM’s Final Rule Insulates the Federal Workforce from Accountability

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