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The Senate has confirmed Krista Boyd, a senior staff member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee as inspector general at OPM, a position filled on only an acting basis for the last six years.

Before his retirement, the prior IG had issued several warnings about inadequate security of personnel records kept by OPM, warnings that proved to be prescient when two major databases were hacked, exposing personal information on more than 20 million people. Since then, the office has concentrated largely on routine audits although it notably has criticized OPM on issues including for allowing ineligible persons to be covered under the FEHB program and for its level of customer service to federal retirees.

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Meanwhile, though, three Republican senators have put a hold on the nominees for the TSP governing board over, asking them for a commitment to not expand the program’s I fund to include China. That relates to prior plans to include “emerging market” countries — of which China would be one of about a dozen — in that fund, plans that were indefinitely suspended two years ago.

That issue did not arise at their recent confirmation hearing, although some Republicans did raise concerns about the program potentially moving to exclude companies involved with fossil fuels. The TSP board has always opposed tailoring in any way its own funds, which reflect broad indexes that do not take political or social factors into account.

Meanwhile, the Senate has signaled possible movement ahead on stalled nominees for two other positions. One is for Susan Tsui Grundmann, who chaired the MSPB during the Obama administration, to become a member of the FLRA board — replacing a Republican continuing as a holdover after his term expired, and changing that board from Republican to Democratic control.

The other is for federal employment lawyer and former union official Cathy Harris to chair the MSPB. That would put that board also in Democratic control since the two members recently confirmed—allowing the board to again issue decisions after five years without any members—were split.

The committee votes on them also were split but Democrats can bring them to floor votes using special procedures. The Senate Democratic leadership last week put those nominations on the schedule for voting but no votes were held and the Senate is now on recess through April 25.

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