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Obama announces pick for new OPM director

May. 23, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
Katherine Archuleta Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America
Katherine Archuleta Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America ()

President Obama plans to nominate Katherine Archuleta to be the next director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Archuleta, who has previously served as the national political director for Obama’s re-election campaign and chief of staff at the Labor Department, would be the first Latina to head the agency if confirmed.

“Katherine brings to the Office of Personnel Management broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people,” Obama said in a statement. “I am grateful Katherine has agreed to serve, and I look forward to working with her in the coming years.”

Sen. Tom Carper, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he is glad Obama has chosen someone to head OPM, and added he is concerned about the large number of senior vacancies in the government.

“I look forward to meeting Ms. Archuleta and working with my colleagues on the committee to consider her nomination in a thorough and timely manner,” Carper said.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association urged the Senate to quickly confirm Archuleta.

“In the midst of a three-year pay freeze, increased pension contributions for new hires, furloughs of half the federal workforce, and a new wave of retiring federal employees, it is important to build on former Director John Berry’s strong leadership at OPM,” said NARFE President Joseph Beaudoin. “We look forward to continuing our close relationship with OPM in maintaining a strong federal workforce.”

Berry stepped down last month when his four-year term expired. OPM’s general counsel, Elaine Kaplan, is serving as acting director.

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