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Katherine Archuleta

The president has named Katherine Archuleta to replace former OPM Director John Berry, who stepped down in April.

President Obama has tapped Katherine Archuleta to head the Office of Personnel Management, succeeding John Berry who left the agency in April.

Archuleta was national political director for the president’s reelection campaign and chief of staff at the Department of Labor. Her resume also includes stints as a senior policy advisor to the city of Denver and executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

If confirmed, she will be the first Hispanic woman to head OPM.

"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. I am grateful Katherine has agreed to serve, and I look forward to working with her in the coming years," Obama said in a statement.

The nomination comes as OPM is facing criticism from some in Congress for a backlog in processing retirement claims, and as the agency deals with managing the details of federal employee furloughs under sequestration. OPM is in the midst of revising its own workforce management strategies, including testing a new data-driven system for evaluating its own human resources efforts called HRStat. Additionally, OPM is at the center of an effort to insure that there is pay equity between men and women working for the federal government.

Posted by Adam Mazmanian on May 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM


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Reader comments

Tue, May 28, 2013

Quote 1: "Archuleta was national political director for the president’s reelection campaign" This sounds a lot like what to expect frrom this administration - primary qualification is politics. Quote 2: "OPM is at the center of an effort to insure that there is pay equity between men and women working for the federal government." Sounds like more politics. They have been working the "pay equity" issue for decades to where it seems like the only reason we have this agenda still going on is to keep a few extra Feds employed to look at this issue that is generally gone except in the minds of those who use it as a polical issue. Differences in pay are now primarily due to personal choices and surveys showing gender based differences tend to leave out that part of the equation when they want to indicate that the problem is still prevalent. Again, politics at work - as well as wasted tax dollars.

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