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FLEOA Has Concerns with OPM Nominee

Honorable Gary Peters
Chairman
United States Senate HSGAC 
Washington, D.C. 20510
 
Honorable Rob Portman
Ranking Member
United States Senate HSGAC 
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Chairman Peters and Ranking Member Portman,

We write to you today to express our growing concern over the nomination of Kiran Ahuja as the next Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director. Although we have not weighed in on this nomination in the past, recent developments have generated concern in our association.

A nominee who would become the leader of the human resources, payroll and training entity within the federal government with direct authority over millions of federal employees, including the over 100,000 federal law enforcement officers that protect and defend this nation every day, that often becomes an arbiter of both agency and Congressional policies, should have a past record that shows fairness, equity and sensitivity to everyone. With the diverse stakeholder status of the multiple federal employee groups, the recent citations of the nominee’s embracement of radical theories such as "critical race theory” draws a large question as to this nominee’s ability to neutrality, fairness, and impartiality.

As an academic concept, critical race theory should be viewed as an extremist theory and ideology that does nothing to draw Americans together in the same way as "white supremacy.” All of those extremist views stand in stark contrast to the Administration’s own positions on wanting to unite our nation. After his election, President Biden himself said that "it was time for Americans tounite.” Clearly, this type of theory and those that would embrace it push Americans further apart and does nothing to achieve the unity Americans have worked towards throughout our history.

As an association that represents federal law enforcement officers whose main job is to protect all Americans under the rule of law as defined in our Constitution, advocating for extremist views hasno place within our ranks or that of the federal workforce. As one who should be the fair, impartial, and the neutral arbiter of federal employee policies and issues, the nominee’s embracement of these radical theories should give anyone pause and question their capacity to achieve that unity in America that the President himself has asked all Americans to achieve.

We appreciate your consideration of our views and if we can be of any additional assistance, feel free to contact us at fleoa@fleoa.org.

Sincerely,

Larry Cosme
National President
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
 
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