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As Obama Ddmin Winds Down, OPM Calls for Future Civil Service Reform

The past eight years of new hiring initiativesworkplace flexibility programs and security clearance reforms from the Office of Personnel Management have put the pieces in place for a more modern government personnel system, the agency said as it looked back on its accomplishments during the Obama administration.

But OPM says future administrations should double down and begin discussing more comprehensive civil service reform.

“We need to continue our work to enhance the execution of the current personnel system and set the stage for more comprehensive reforms that address structural challenges to improved governmentwide performance,” Beth Cobert, the agency’s acting director, wrote in a Jan. 5 cabinet exit memo.

Specifically, OPM suggested that Congress bring together lawmakers, representatives from the President’s National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, members from industry and academic experts to develop new recommendations to modernize personnel policies.

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