Republican and Democratic lawmakers and other witnesses May 21 criticized the Trump administration’s plan to move the government’s chief HR office to the General Services Administration while also creating a new federal workforce policy office at the White House.

“This hearing is about the administration’s plan to reverse more than a century of reforms implemented to professionalize the civil service and insulate it from political influence. This hearing is also about how the administration has hidden its plans and intentions from Congress,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations. Among other...