FCW: OPM looks to modernize IT, set up revolving fund

“The Office of Personnel Management has a lot to do to modernize its technology but says it needs substantial funding to finish projects like modernizing retirement systems and migrating agency websites to the cloud…”

“OPM included comments on IT modernization in its response to a congressionally mandated National Academy of Public Administration report on the agency itself that was ordered in the wake of the abortive attempt by the Trump administration to merge OPM in to the General Services Administration…”

“’The NAPA study unequivocally affirms the need for a strong, independent, and well-resourced OPM. Our response demonstrates our broad agreement and deep engagement with the study’s findings,’ said OPM Director Kiran Ahuja. ‘Our response also highlights OPM’s commitment to innovation and delivering results, from hiring for critical skillsets, to identifying new strategies for employee engagement, retention, and quality of life improvements.’…”

“In its implementation strategy for NAPA’s suggestion of an IT working capital fund, the agency’s said that it will look to ‘establish a sustainable funding and staffing model for OPM that better allows the agency to meet its mission’ by identifying ‘alternative funding sources’ that are ‘separate and distinct from the discretionary budget request process.’

The agency wrote that it will consider the need for ‘innovative funding flexibilities’ like an IT working capital fund and the central Technology Modernization Fund, administered by GSA and the Office of Management and Budget…” Read the full article here.

Source: OPM looks to modernize IT, set up revolving fund – By Natalie Alms, September 13, 2021. FCW.

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