H.R. 2860: OPM IG Act

H.R. 2860

OPM IG Act

Date
January 14, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 2860, the OPM IG Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on November 15, 2013 by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2860 amends Title 5 of the United States Code to allow the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Inspector General (IG) to use a portion of the OPM revolving fund to pay for related audit, oversight, and investigative work.  Moreover, this legislation requires the OPM to include, in its annual budget submission, an estimate of the amount required to pay the expenses of audit, oversight, and investigative activities with respect to the revolving fund.  Finally, H.R. 2860 caps the annual amount available to the OPM IG for these activities at one-third of one percent of the revolving fund.

Background

The OPM “provides various services to federal agencies on a reimbursable basis, including background investigations for individuals with access to classified information, leadership training, and human resource management.”[1]  In exchange, the OPM enters into interagency agreements, depositing customer agency funds into its revolving fund, and uses the fund to pay for the delivery of its services and administrative expenses.[2]  The OPM serves as a regulator for rules affecting the management of federal workers, but through its revolving fund has also evolved into a fee-based service provider.”[3]  The OPM provides approximately $2 billion each year in services.[4]

“OPM’s revolving fund was established in 1952 to enable the agency to finance reimbursable background investigations for federal agencies.”[5]  In 1969, Congress authorized the use of revolving funds to finance reimbursable training courses for federal agencies, and in 1996, expanding the revolving fund to cover personnel management services performed at agencies’ requests.[6]



[2] Id. at 2.

[3] Id. at 2.

[4] Id. at 2.

[5] Id. at 2.

[6] Id. at 2.

Cost

CBO estimates enactment of H.R. 2860 would enable the OPM Inspector General to begin auditing the revolving fund at a cost of $13 million over the 2014-208 period, assuming the appropriation of necessary fund. The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.[1]

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.