House Committee Investigates Whether Officials Misled Congress on OPM-GSA Merger

The leadership of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday announced that the panel would investigate whether Trump administration officials lied in congressional testimony about the legality of the controversial proposal to eliminate the Office of Personnel Management and send most of its functions to the General Services Administration.

In June 2019, then-OPM Deputy Chief of Staff Stephen Billy told lawmakers at a House hearing that the legal analysis of a proposal to merge OPM and GSA and send OPM’s policy functions to the Executive Office of the President was “still ongoing.” In documents provided to the Oversight and Reform Committee at the time, all information under the heading “Legal Authority” was redacted.

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