October 6, 1998
H.R. 4259 - Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern
Indian Polytechnic Institute Administrative Systems Act of 1998
(Snowbarger (R) KS and two cosponsors)
Although the Administration believes that additional personnel management
flexibility is appropriate for the Haskell Indian Nations University and
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, the Administration opposes H.R.
4259. The bill would provide these federally owned and operated
universities with special authority to implement five-year personnel
management demonstration projects. In particular, the Administration
objects to the demonstration projects authorized in H.R. 4259 because they
- Exempt these universities from laws covering Federal employees' leave
and benefits, which could have a very real adverse impact on the
universities' employees and would set a bad precedent for the development
of similar initiatives for other Federal entities.
- Reduce the Office of Personnel Management's important role in the
development, management, and oversight of demonstration projects to that
of a consultant.
The Administration will work with Congress to find a suitable means of
addressing the concerns that prompted this legislation.