OPM Director Berry Bids Farewell to Employees
April 11, 2013
Elaine Kaplan, currently general counsel at the Office of Personnel Management, will take over as acting director of the agency next week.
OPM Director John Berry formally announced his departure from the agency in an April 11 email to employees. Kaplan, who has been at the agency since March 2009, starts Monday as acting director.
Berry’s four-year term is up on April 13. While he’s eligible to be re-nominated to the job, the long-time public servant is reportedly on the short list to be President Obama’s ambassador to Australia. Berry praised OPM’s workforce in his email, and listed several accomplishments during his tenure, including streamlining the federal hiring process, tackling the retirement claims and security clearance backlogs, and championing access to health benefits for the same-sex partners of federal employees.
“From my first day on the job through to today, I’ve known that I could count on this team to accomplish great things,” Berry wrote in the message with the subject line, “A Fond Farewell.”