A proposal to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management would have been ineffective, according to the National Academy of Public Administration, and the organization instead recommends strengthening and empowering OPM to better meet the needs of the federal workforce.
The NAPA report, released March 17, validates many of the concerns NTEU raised back in 2018 when the prior administration wanted to break up OPM and give some of its responsibilities to the Executive Office of the President, and other functions to the General Services Administration.
"OPM was established as an independent agency within the executive branch to enforce the civil service rules and regulations that protect employees from arbitrary action, personal favoritism or coercion for partisan political purposes. Moving part of OPM to the Executive Office of the President would have diminished the agency’s nonpartisan, independent status, a warning I delivered to Congress, which eventually blocked the move," Reardon said.
NTEU also disagreed with the proposal to move retirement services and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to the General Services Administration, which had no experience administering such programs.
"In general, we agree with NAPA’s assessment that OPM needs to remain independent and be strengthened in order to meet the human capital needs of the federal government," Reardon said.