President Donald Trump is actually dissolving a federal agency by ending the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and distributing its duties to other agencies.
This is amazing and it is a perfect example of why a vote for Trump has been justified.
According to Daily Caller:
“When we really look at the need for government overall, and we looked at the [OPM’s] design to support those needs, there was a fundamental structural misalignment between the challenges of today around our workforce and what OPM was conditioned to do,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and acting OPM director, told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday.
The agency was formed in 1979 to manage the federal government’s civilian workforce. Duties include managing healthcare plans, insurance, and retirement plans.
But the Trump administration is preparing to eliminate the agency.
President Donald Trump’s administration is planning to dismantle OPM, beginning in fall 2019, and divide its functions among three separate departments: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Weichert added that the new plan is part of the administration’s “IT modernization, data accountability and transparency.”
“In the 21st century, mobility, agility, the need to re-skill people to do the jobs of today, these are all things that are not able to be done by OPM because it’s dealing with this legacy infrastructure, a legacy funding model,” Weichert said. “That’s the primary reason strategically this is the marquee reorganization that is needed.”
The administration is not necessarily planning to fire people, but with the end of the agency it is expected that many will retire putting an end to some expenses, especially by eliminating the necessity to fill vacancies at the soon-to-be defunct agency.
“We have space utilization opportunities that we think are important,” Weichert added. “At the end of the day our goal is to re-skill the employees we have, automate some of the lower value added components of their work so that they can actually do more with fewer people.”
If the plan come to fruition, it will be the first federal agency to be eliminated since WWII.
This is great. Now, let’s start eliminating a dozen more. And this time, fire all the “workers” while you are at it.
The smaller the government, the better.
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