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Margaret Weichert: White House to Propose Legislation to Transition OPM to GSA

Jeff Brody
Margaret Weichert

Margaret Weichert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, said the White House is introducing a measure to authorize the move of OPM to the General Services Administration on Friday, FCW reported Tuesday. OPM will run as a third service division within GSA under the proposed reorganization, which comes as OPM faces a budget deficit of $70 million as a result of the National Background Investigations Bureau’s transfer to the Pentagon as well as issues concerning legacy information technology systems. 

“We have to structurally change and look at an entirely new architecture for the future," Weichert said Tuesday at a press briefing. "And it's not just technology architecture. It's a business operating model that has more of a shared services orientation that is not looking at serving feds as a retiree or a health care beneficiary or an employee, but really looking at a much more integrated view." 

Weichert said she expects to generate $11 million to $37 million in annual cost savings as part of the planned reorganization.

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