Katherine Archuleta Sworn in as OPM Director
Following a 62-35 vote in the Senate last week confirming her appointment, this Monday Katherine Archuleta was sworn-in as the tenth Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Archuleta’s confirmation waited several months for confirmation, with several senators holding up the nomination due to concerns about OPM’s role in managing the state healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and OPM’s summertime ruling that congressional aides and staff would continue receiving their employer subsidies for healthcare.
Archuleta, a Colorado native, was the national political director for President Obama’s reelection campaign and previously served as Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She joins the list of high ranking Latina administration officials.
Archuleta is no novice to executive government, having served previously as chief of staff to former Labor Department Secretary Hilda Solis and positions during the Clinton administration at the Energy and Transportation departments under Frederico Peña.
“As an educator, a public administrator, and a community leader, I know the value of bringing together talented people with diverse ideas and perspectives to improve any organization, and the Federal government is no exception,” Archuleta said. “The complex and important work of government requires a diverse and inclusive workforce that is representative of the many important perspectives, talents, and backgrounds of our great Nation. I am committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce to serve the American people.”
A White House statement read, “Government-wide, we have made important progress toward hiring a workforce that truly reflects America's diversity, and we will continue to pursue that goal. As the Director of OPM, Katherine will lead an agency of more than 5000 employees. Together she and her team are responsible for the government’s efforts to recruit, retain and honor a world-class workforce of more than 2 million people working in communities and neighborhoods throughout this country.”
Elaine Kaplan, who has served as acting director since the departure of director John Berry from OPM in April, will leave OPM to become a judge at the Court of Federal Claims.
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