Top adviser walks away from OPM deputy nomination

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 10:10 a.m., to reflect that retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay withdrew his own name from consideration for the deputy Office of Personnel Management director position, according to OPM.

The Office of Personnel Management has another top leadership position to fill in the aftermath of its massive data breach.

Retired Rear Adm. Earl L. Gay, President Barack Obama’s nominee for deputy OPM director, has withdrawn his own name from consideration, OPM confirms, and will remain in his role as senior adviser to the director.

Since 2013, Gay has served as the senior adviser to former director Katherine Archuleta.

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The White House sent Gay’s nomination to the Senate on Jan. 8.

While Acting Director Beth Cobert has discussed reforming the agency’s culture and cybersecurity policy with members of Congress, it remains to be seen who will serve as the agency’s second-in-command.

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Ret. Rear Adm. Earl Gay

Before retiring from military service to join OPM, Gay held  titles such as commander of the Navy Recruiting Command, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Three, deputy chairman of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for the 2008/2009 presidential inauguration, commandant for the Naval District Washington and the Navy’s Director of Congressional Liaison for the House of Representatives.

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