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Jeff Pon, Emily Murphy Discuss Proposed Merger of OPM’s Core Functions Into GSA at Senate Hearing

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Jeff Pon

Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon and Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, testified Thursday before a Senate subcommittee about the White House’s proposed government restructuring plan to move some of OPM’s core functions into GSA, FCW reported Thursday.

Murphy told lawmakers that integrating some of OPM’s functions such as human resource platforms, employees’ health care and retirement services into GSA would help enhance the delivery of services and promote information technology modernization.

Emily Murphy

Pon said OPM intends to advance the digitization of paper-based records prior to the transition and that the move to integrate it into the executive branch would allow the agency to focus on “centralized policy development” in talent management, skills requirements identification, workforce supply and demand and employee compensation, among other areas.

The senators said they would need additional details before approving the White House’s reorganization plan for OPM and GSA.

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