Biden to nominate Obama alum Ahuja to lead Office of Personnel Management

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President Biden on Tuesday announced his nominee to lead the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the agency that oversees the government’s civilian workforce and that was also a frequent source of controversy during the Trump administration.





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Biden to nominate Obama alum Ahuja to lead Office of Personnel Management

Biden will nominate Kiran Ahuja as director of the agency.

Ahuja previously served as chief of staff at OPM during the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017. Ahuja also worked in the Obama White House as executive director of the Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, doing outreach to those groups.

She currently serves as the CEO of Philanthropy Northwest. Prior to working in government, she served as the head of the advocacy group National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Ahuja will require Senate confirmation before taking on the role.

OPM is an independent federal agency tasked with overseeing the federal civilian workforce, which consists of thousands of employees, as well as the hiring process. It has taken on additional importance during the coronavirus pandemic, as OPM offers guidance on telework, benefits and other policies.

The agency was a source of controversy during the Trump administration due to its repeated shuffling of leadership and attempts to shutter the office.

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