Trump promised to shrink the federal government, and yesterday it was reported that his administration plans to furlough 150 government workers unless Congress agrees to a slapdash plan to eliminate the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The OPM is expected to suffer a funding gap as a result of a shift of security clearance responsibilities to a different agency, and has further come under criticism for exposing federal employees to identity theft due to their out-of-date computer equipment.
The administration proposes to split the OPM’s duties out among other governmental departments, most noticeably creating a new “Office of Federal Workforce Policy” that would be run by an official appointed directly by the president and with no Senate confirmation. This would effectively put the career of every civil servant at the political whim of the President.
This is an ill-thought out plan that puts more power in Trump’s hands and attacks the rights of federal workers and federal workers unions. What is more, the administration has threatened to take matters into its own hands if Congress does not agree. Call your Senators and tell them to stand up to Trump’s threats.
ACTION: Don’t Dissolve the OPM
Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621; Seattle - 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441; Seattle - 206-220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PLACE]. I’d like to ask that [Senator/Representative] do whatever she/he can to block the Trump administration’s proposal to dissolve the OPM. It is an ill-thought out plan that puts more power in Trump’s hands and attacks the rights of federal workers and federal workers unions. Trump’s threat to furlough workers unless Congress does what he asks should not be rewarded. Thank you.”