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Trump administration officials have put the Office of Personnel Management on the chopping block in an ambitious but controversial bid to reorganize the federal government — and they are ready to furlough or even lay off workers if Congress stands in their way.
According to an internal document obtained by The Washington Post, workers could be sent home on Oct. 1 and laid off 30 days later, if Congress will not agree to their plan to eliminate the agency — which essentially serves as HR of the federal government.
The article goes on to state the following:
The administration’s plan is to eliminate the OPM, which manages 2.1 million civilian federal workers, and divide its roles among three other agencies. Recent legislation has already called for its security clearance system to move to the Department of Defense. Most of OPM’s responsibilities would fall under the General Services Administration, and a new GSA deputy who would be appointed by the president to take over for OPM’s current agency director.
Democrats are trying to block the Trump administration from closing the OPM, but, Fox News reported that, according to administration officials, “the OPM’s current problems include a backlog of retirement-related paperwork, poor hiring practices and weaknesses in their security that left them open to a breach of their data system.”
I fully support this effort by POTUS. As a goverment employee, I confirm that OPM is a broken, biased agency infested with Swamp Creatures.
Trump administration threatens layoffs in fight to eliminate major federal agencyhttps://t.co/fTNsFQcm7X
— Chris Bray (@brayc2) June 20, 2019
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