They need experienced career staff to execute policy direction. It is probably safe to say there are too many political appointees in some agencies.
Jeff Pon and Michael Rigas, the president’s nominees to be director and deputy director for the Office of Personnel Management, will move on to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
Beth Cobert, the former acting OPM director, is a 2017 NAPA Fellow. She answers the question: What can a government employee do to be a change agent in their office or agency?
Margaret Weichert will be the nominee to be OMB deputy director for management and Jeff Pon will be the new nominee to lead OPM.
The Supreme Court ruling doesn’t necessarily invalidate all the actions and decisions made by Beth Cobert and other leaders to whom this applies. It does, however, open them up to challenges.
Trevor Rudolph, the chief of business operations and cybersecurity for Whitehawk and a former chief of OMB’s cyber and national security team, said during his five years on the job he has seen a marked improvement in how agencies are securing their data and systems.
Most people expect a raise when they get a promotion. But for some feds in 2017, thanks to salary compression, that’s not the case.
The Office of Personnel Management wants agencies to look more closely at Hispanic representation within the workforce and identify barriers and challenges that prevent them from recruiting and retaining a more diverse government.
Beth Cobert has held two high-pressure jobs in the Obama administration: the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management and the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. Based on her experience from both agencies, she offered some advice for new OPM and OMB leaders.
As acting Office of Personnel Management Director Beth Cobert looks back on her tenure at the agency, she’s confident that federal employees should feel more comfortable in OPM’s ability to protect their data.