In a January 5th press release, the Office of Personnel Management announced its reorganization to better meet the needs of their customers. This reorganization goes hand in hand with the Obama Administration’s goals to make the government more open and transparent.
The reorganization went into effect after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Office of Personnel Management, as well as union officials. After the reorganization, according to the press release the 5 main functional areas will be:
1) Employee Services – headed by Nancy Kichak
2) Retirement and Benefits – headed by Kathy McGettigan
3) Merit System Audit and Compliance – headed by Jeff Sumberg
4) Federal Investigative Services – headed by Kathy Dillaman
5) Human Resources Solutions – headed by Kay Ely
Before the reorganization, there were as many as 13 different offices. So this new organization is much more steam-lined and will be less confusing and efficient.
Carol Bonosaro, the president of the Senior Executive Association, was pleased with the reorganization, but she was concerned about the implementation of the details. According to GovExec, Bonosaro said, “The policy issues and unmet needs, which can and should be addressed, are substantial, so it remains to be seen whether the Executive Resources Office receives the resources it will need to make a real difference.”