John Berry leaves Office of Personnel Management

April 11, 2013

John Berry, generally cheerful and beaming, turns serious when protecting the honor of federal employees. His gestures become more pointed, his gaze sharpens, his smile disappears.

Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, defended the workforce again as he prepared to leave his term-limited post Friday and await his reported (by The Washington Post’s Al Kamen) nomination as ambassador to Australia.

In addition to a solid list of accomplishments, he has at least one big frustration.

His accomplishments include overhauling a long-broken federal hiring process, reinventing confusing government internship programs, cutting the time to do security-background investigations, boosting telework, instituting labor-management forums and increasing the hiring of disabled people and Hispanics.

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