Opm Ig Actby Representative Elijah E. Cummings
Posted on 2014-01-14
CUMMINGS. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
I rise in strong support of H.R. 2860, the OPM IG Act, which is a successful product of the bipartisan efforts of Federal Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Farenthold and Ranking Member Lynch, and I applaud them for their efforts.
I thank my distinguished colleagues for their work and commitment in sponsoring legislation to provide the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management with critically needed funding to perform audits, investigations, and oversight of OPM's revolving fund activities.
Through the revolving fund, OPM provides approximately $2 billion in services to agencies on a fee-for-service basis. These services include background investigations, leadership training, and human resource management.
H.R. 2860 would fix the loophole in the current law which prevents this $2 billion revolving fund from paying for the costs of the OPM Inspector General to properly oversee the fund's activities.
This legislation would allow the OPM Inspector General to use a very small portion of the revolving fund budget, up to a maximum of one- third of 1 percent of the fund, to pay for audit, investigative, and oversight work.
The recent Navy Yard shooting and the Edward Snowden leaks of classified information have highlighted the importance of comprehensive oversight of the Federal Government's background investigation and security clearance process.
During last June's Federal Workforce Subcommittee hearing on OPM's revolving fund, the OPM Inspector General expressed substantial concerns about the falsification of background investigations.
The OPM Inspector General plays a crucial part in ensuring that the background investigation process used by the government to determine whether individuals should be trusted with our Nation's classified and sensitive information is properly conducted.
This legislation would give the OPM Inspector General the funds and resources needed to conduct the necessary oversight activities to help safeguard our government against national security risks.
The Senate has already passed a substantially similar bill, and I ask all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in supporting H.R. 2860.
With that, I reserve the balance of my time.