In another reversal of its predecessor’s policies, the Biden administration has returned to OPM oversight of the central body of top agency HR leaders, the Chief Human Capital Officers Council.
The Trump administration had moved control of that council—which both advises the administration on a range of federal personnel matters and carries out its directives—to the GSA as part of its plan to have that agency take over OPM operating functions while shifting its policy role to OMB. The wider plan ultimately was dropped in the face of opposition from Congress and employee organizations.
“This restoration of these functions to OPM will elevate the voices of CHCOs and strengthen the connection between governmentwide human capital strategy and policy development, and agency-level human capital management. In addition, OPM is taking steps to rebuild the council after the budget and staff were dramatically reduced and council activity had dwindled in recent years,” OPM said in its announcement.
It said that since early in the year the council has been coordinating the administration’s executive orders and policy guidance in areas including the administration’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility initiatives and personnel policies for easing or ending pandemic-related restrictions.