For OPM’s Ahuja, ‘strong human capital leadership’ crucial to federal workforce reform

The Office of Personnel Management has reached a milestone it hasn’t seen since 2015. OPM Director Kiran Ahuja just hit one year in office as agency head. Ahuja has made progress in her position — for example, giving feds time off to vote and bringing back the Presidential Rank Awards after a year’s hiatus. But the agency is hitting a few bumps in the road, too. Many feds, for example, shared in the 2021 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey that they’re not happy with return to office plans. Federal News Network’s Drew Friedman sat down with Ahuja at a press conference, where the director discussed OPM’s priorities for telework.