Today, President Biden announced he will nominate Kiran Ahuja to be director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Ahuja previously served as OPM chief of staff from 2015 to 2017, and was the executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Obama administration.
National President Tony Reardon welcomed the nomination.
“Ahuja has the knowledge and experience that OPM needs to guide human resource policy for the federal workforce,” he said. “And importantly, she is committed to protecting the non-partisan civil service and ensuring that it reflects the diversity of the United States.”
OPM suffered these last four years with a revolving door of leadership and interim appointees who never fully committed to the agency and its mission. In that vacuum, the agency was constantly disrupted by outside efforts to break it up and dismantle it, to the detriment of the federal employees who rely on OPM for independence and management of important federal employee programs.
“We believe this appointment will result in steady, professional leadership at OPM that is committed to protecting its unique role in administering federal retirement programs and other human resource management priorities,” Reardon said.