President Barack Obama plans to nominate retired Navy Rear Adm. Earl Gay to be the deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management. If confirmed by the Senate, Gay’s appointment would conclude one of the longest stretches in which a politically-appointed position has been left open.
OPM has been without a deputy director for more than three years. Gay would replace Christine Griffin, who left the agency in August 2011.
Gay is a senior adviser to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.
Gay retired from the Navy in August 2013 after 33 years in the service.
During his time in the Navy, Gay served as a Naval Aviator, ending his career as the commander of the Navy Recruiting Command from 2011 to 2013.
He also served as commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Three from 2009 to 2011, as the deputy chairman of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee from 2008 to 2009 and as commandant of Naval District Washington from 2007 to 2008.
Gay received a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s degree from Troy State University.
Gay would fill out Archuleta’s staff. The OPM director has been on the job since October 2013. She has been focusing on making OPM a better customer service agency, fixing the retirement services and leading several of the Obama administration’s people cross-agency goals, such as improving Senior Executive Service onboarding.