President Obama plans to nominate the current acting vice chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Christine Griffin, to be the deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management. This should be an interesting move both in terms of disability policy and the culture at OPM. Griffin is an outspoken advocate of getting more disabled workers into the federal government, and extremely impatient with any hedging on that goal. I actually started writing about the issue when Griffin emailed me directly after I wrote a story about a hearing on diversity and asked me why I wasn't looking into disability. She's also a labor law expert, which could come in handy if President Obama reinstates the labor-management partnership councils or revitalizes efforts to increase labor law training. I'm still waiting on more official reactions on Griffin's coming appointment, but my personal sense of her is that she's aggressive, though never unpleasant, committed, and deeply knowledgeable. Plus, no complaints from this blogger about having a deputy director who helped with the upgrades to Fenway Park to make it more friendly for disabled Red Sox fans.
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