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Terry Gerton, president and CEO of NAPA, and Jessica Klement, staff vice president for Policy and Programs at NARFE discuss workforce provisions in the recently passed budget, and NAPA’s review of the OPM-GSA merger.

The National Academy of Public Administration was tasked by Congress to investigate the proposed merger between the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration. Terry Gerton, president and CEO of NAPA, says that her organization is taking a close look at the rules and circumstances surrounding the plan.

“The language the incredibly specific. It tells us to look at what they are required to do by law and what they may be challenged with. What they are doing that may not be required by law and how they’re doing that and why. What recommendations we make for optimal organizational alignment,” Gerton said. “That’s after a deliberate consultation with stakeholders. We have to get engaged with the CHCO community, with the labor community with everyone who has an interest with what happens to federal civilian employees, and then make our best recommendations.”

Jessica Klement from NARFE says that Congress should continue their push on federal workforce issues.

“Next year, I think they will be focused on a lot of things, continuing this momentum of course. I think whether it is medical leave or family leave will be part of that conversation… I think postal reform will get some attention next year as well,” Klement said.

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