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Rigas to take on DDM role

Mike Rigas greets OPM employees March 13 2018 

Mike Rigas greets OPM employees in the lobby of the agency's Washington, D.C. headquarters on March 13, 2018. (OPM photo).

Michael Rigas, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is taking on a second government role as acting deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.

The arrangement mirrors that of Margaret Weichert, who is leaving government. Weichert, who was confirmed by the Senate as deputy director at OMB, spent about a year as acting OPM director.

Rigas was elevated to acting head of OPM after the sudden departure of Dale Cabaniss on March 17.

Weichert announced her plans to leave government on Feb. 14, saying she expected to be gone in mid-March. Those plans were extended slightly as Weichert helped direct an effort to create guidance for federal employees and contract workers forced to pivot away from normal operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Over the last two years Mike has been one of the key drivers of the President's Management Agenda, so he is the ideal person to carry the management agenda forward," Weichert said in a statement supplied by the OMB press office. "I know he's going to do great work at OMB working to improve the Federal Government’s service and stewardship for the American public."

As OPM acting director, Rigas has helped lead efforts to reduce the background investigation backlog and shift that that investigative function to a new entity set up at the Department of Defense.

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Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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