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OPM IG McFarland to step down

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Office of Personnel Management Inspector General Patrick McFarland

The Office of Personnel Management's veteran inspector general, Patrick McFarland, is resigning after nearly 26 years on the job.

"It has been my great honor to be the longest-serving presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed inspector general in the federal government," McFarland wrote in his resignation letter to President Barack Obama.

As detailed in 2015 congressional testimony, McFarland worked to call attention to a lack of cooperation between his office and the agency CIO in the wake of the massive cyber breach that hit OPM databases in 2015, when organizational units clamped down on the flow of information.

McFarland also was an advocate for legislation that gave the OPM IG access to the agency's $1 billion revolving fund to perform oversight of contractors charged with performing background checks on government personnel.

In his resignation letter, McFarland praised acting OPM Director Beth Cobert, and said he was happy to have achieved the necessary balance of “independence and cooperation” in his time as OPM IG.

He recommended Deputy Inspector General Nobert Vint as his replacement.

An OPM spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

McFarland's resignation will be effective Feb. 19.

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Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

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