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OPM Merger with GSA Facing Opposition

With industry groups and government watchdog organizations expressing concern, the proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration, does not appear likely to happen. 
Legislators do not support the move either. Earlier in the week, the Financial Services and General Government appropriation bill included a measure preventing a merger of OPM and GSA as planned by the Trump administration and preventing GSA from absorbing OPM programs and duties via outsourcing agreements using money from the FY 2020 appropriation.
Instead, House appropriators expressed their wish that Office of Personnel Management would  improve on its core duties including retirement processing without support from a planned merger with the General Services Administration.
The House Appropriations Committee's report called on OPM to do a better job on its own, with the $309 million in funding allowed by the bill. Lawmakers want OPM to speed up retirement processing, eliminate delays to federal hiring and improve the user experience at USAJOBS.

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