The White House has decided to drop its plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Times reported Monday. An OPM official confirmed the move to the publication.
The move comes after the Trump administration faced opposition in Congress. Lawmakers questioned whether officials had performed enough work to prove that eliminating OPM and transitioning its responsibilities to GSA could help improve efficiency.
The National Academy of Public Administration entered into a contract with OPM in March 2020 to study the potential outcomes of the proposed merger of the office with GSA. NAPA is expected to hand over the report to Congress by March 2021.