Federal Manager's Daily Report

The House Oversight and Reform Committee has advanced a bill to carry out many of the recommendations for OPM in a National Academy of Public Administration report earlier this year, including provisions to make OPM into more of an adviser and resource on federal personnel issues for agencies and less of a compliance enforcer.

HR-6066 also would require that candidates for the director of OPM are selected without regard to political affiliation and have HR and leadership expertise; require that the agency’s chief management officer be a career federal employee; and create a federal committee to advise OPM on stakeholder needs, concerns, and ideas.

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The committee also approved:

*  HR-4688, to require certain agencies to collect voluntary customer experience feedback on their services and transactions and publicly publish the results annually; the feedback could not be used in any employee’s job performance ratings.

*  HR-5477, to require each agency to produce within one year a climate action plan including an assessment of the potential effect of climate change on the agency’s ability to carry out its mission and a description of current and potential steps to address climate change over a series of milestones; and to create an interagency council to oversee such efforts.

Meanwhile, a newly offered bill (HR-6104) would create an office within OPM to oversee the government’s various internship and fellowship-type programs and create a central website for such programs; require each agency to have an official responsible for coordinating such programs; require that program participants are paid rather than unpaid; and provide successful participants credit in competitive hiring.

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