Increasing Diversity is Among OPM Chief’s Top Goals

January 10, 2012

When John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, looks to the new year, he sees three big items on his agenda for federal employees: cutting the retirement processing backlog, implementing President Obama's executive orders for federal employment diversity and developing new performance-accountability systems.

"Those are the three big ones," he said in an interview, before naming a few more items on his list. "Twenty-twelve is going to be both a busy and opportunity-rich year." 

Fixing problems with the retirement system alone probably could keep him busy for 12 months. The OPM has a long and expensive history of failure on this front, beginning before Berry's tenure. That failure has left retirees and members of Congress outraged at the OPM and the bungled operation, increasing pressure on the director to get it right. 

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