Beleaguered Feds Likely to Lose Personnel Chief Within Two Weeks

OPM

Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry’s term expires in less than two weeks, and he is expected to announce his departure from OPM soon, Government Executive has learned. His exit would come just as federal employees at a number of agencies start to feel the effects of sequestration, including furloughs.

Federal law states the OPM director serves a four-year term. Berry assumed office April 13, 2009. OPM did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Berry is eligible to be re-nominated to the position, but recent media reports have suggested he is likely to become the U.S. ambassador to Australia.

Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a federal employee advocacy group, said Berry’s likely departure would be emblematic of a systemic problem with leadership turnover in government.      

“It’s great that he’s actually spent four years at the job,” Stier said. “But another four would be even better.”

Stier highlighted OPM’s renewed commitment to the annual federal viewpoint survey -- the survey included a record number of participants in 2012 -- and its new Pathways Programs to bring students and recent graduates into government as critical pieces of Berry’s legacy. Stier added Berry would be leaving at a time of “incredible stress” on the federal workforce and his successor must be able to lead, both as the chief talent person across government and as the head of an agency.

“I hope [the replacement] is someone who can do that job, who can really engage the very top leadership across the government, from Cabinet secretaries to the White House,” Stier said. 

The deputy director position at OPM is currently vacant, meaning one of five associate directors stands in line to serve as interim director. Chief Operating Officer Chuck Grimes could also be a candidate to temporarily replace Berry, or President Obama could choose to tap someone outside the agency.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.