Saturday, September 21, 2019

Obama Nominates First Latina as OPM Director

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President Barack Obama declared his nomination for Katherine Archuleta, a former top campaign aide, as the next director of the Office of Personnel Management making her the first Latino to lead the federal personnel agency.

“Katherine brings to the [OPM] broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people,” Obama said. “I am grateful Katherine has agreed to serve, and I look forward to working with her in the coming years.”

Archuleta was the national political director for Obama for America, the official name for the president’s election campaign, from 2011 to 2012. Prior to this, Archuleta was Chief of Staff at the Department of Labor and a Senior Adviser for the city and county of Denver. From 2002 to 2005, she was Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

In an interview last year, Archuleta said her venture into politics was rooted in a desire to improve conditions and life for women and Latinos. If confirmed by the Senate, Archuleta will be head of the agency, which oversees and sets policies for the federal government’s civil service workforce.

“It was not a difficult decision to make, but it the best personal and professional decision I’ve ever made,” she said regarding her acceptance. Obama’s proposal also marks Archuleta as the second Latino nominee for a political appointment within the Administration during Obama’s second term.

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