Federal News Network: Biden names Obama-era veteran to lead OPM

“President Joe Biden has tapped Kiran Ahuja to be his new permanent director of the Office of Personnel Management.”

“If confirmed, Ahuja would be the first South Asian and first Asian American woman to lead OPM.”

“Ahuja served for a little more than a year as OPM chief of staff during the Obama administration under acting director Beth Cobert. She previously spent six years as executive director of President Barack Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

“During Biden’s transition, Ahuja led the OPM review team.”

“’I have great confidence that Kiran will be an outstanding director of OPM,’ Cobert, now the chief operating officer for the Markle Foundation, said in a statement. ‘She knows firsthand the critical role OPM must play in rebuilding a strong federal workforce that is ready to meet the urgent challenges of the nation.  Her commitment to empowering the OPM workforce, expertise in federal human capital issues and track record of bringing people together to solve difficult problems makes her an excellent choice for this role who will hit the ground running on day one.’”

“Ahuja has over 20 years of public service and philanthropy experience. She’s currently the CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, and she spent several years as a career civil rights attorney at the Justice Department.”

“If she’s confirmed, Ahuja would take on a long list of priorities and challenges — all at a time when good government groups and some employee organizations have called for sweeping changes to the current federal hiring, personnel and civil service systems.”

“OPM is knee-deep in developing policy and safety guidance for the federal workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s juggling several IT modernization initiatives and an outdated retirement services process…” Read the full article here.

Source: Biden names Obama-era veteran to lead OPM – By Nicole Ogrysko, February 23, 2021. Federal News Network.

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