Connolly Statement on NAPA Study Release
Congressman Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the House Government Operations subcommittee, released the following statement on the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) study release on the Trump administration’s proposed OPM-GSA merger.
“This report clearly and definitively rejects the Trump administration’s half-baked plan to abolish the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). It was a plan concocted without any study or analysis, which is why we in Congress stopped it.
“I look forward to Kiran Ahuja’s confirmation as OPM Director so that we can begin the work of implementing the critical improvements needed at our nation’s Human Resources shop. For too long, OPM has been unable to achieve its potential of infusing data and evidence into short- and long-term workforce planning. This NAPA study offers a blueprint to rebuild OPM and fortify merit system principles and expertise throughout government so no future administration can attack its foundations.”
Connolly successfully got the NAPA study included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Connolly also included language to prevent the merger of the two agencies. At the time, Connolly noted the Trump administration had failed to provide any rational for the government reorganization plan.