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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Contact: Eldon Girdner
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Springer Announces Choice for Associate Director of Human Resources Products and Services Division

Washington, DC -- Linda M. Springer, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, today announced she has selected Robert F. Danbeck to be Associate Director for the Human Resources Products and Services (HRPS) Division, effective September 6.

As Associate Director, Danbeck will oversee retirement services and Federal employee insurance programs; executive management and training, examining and testing services; and, OPM's investigations operation. Springer stated, "I am keenly aware of the important function the Human Resources and Products and Services Division serves within the Federal workforce. From recruiting new Federal employees to processing their retirement benefits, this work is critically important. As a successful manager in the private and public sectors, Bob Danbeck is particularly well-suited for his new role. I look forward to working closely with him."

Danbeck joined OPM in 2003 as Deputy Associate Director, Center for Leadership Capacity Services (CLCS) and was responsible for providing supervisory, management, and executive training for the Federal workforce. In this role, Mr. Danbeck oversaw CLCS's three management development centers, located in Denver, Colorado, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also managed the Presidential Management Fellows Program and OPM Succession Planning Programs.

In March 2005, Danbeck was named Associate Director, Management Services Division and Chief Human Capital Officer for OPM. In this role, Mr. Danbeck was responsible for five key administrative functions within OPM - Information Services; Human Capital Management Services; Security and Emergency Actions; Contracting, Facilities and Administrative Services and Equal Employment Opportunity. Danbeck will temporarily remain on as the Chief Human Capital Officer until a decision has been made on his replacement.

Prior to joining the Federal government, Danbeck was Vice President of Human Resources (HR) for IBM India Ltd. As part of IBM India's transition from a joint venture with a local Indian firm, he was charged with implementing worldwide IBM HR policies and programs, including management development and retention programs. Danbeck also led a multifunction HR team for IBM in China where he orchestrated the successful transition from a U.S. operating team to local national management.

Stephen Benowitz, the current HRPS Associate Director, is retiring at the end of August. He has 31years of service as a Federal employee, including senior management positions at the National Institutes of Health where he was the Director of Strategic Management Planning and as Director of Personnel at the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he oversaw HR policy for over 150,000 Treasury employees. His career was marked by the receipt of three Presidential Rank Awards.  He received the Rank of Meritorious Executive in 1992 from President George H.W. Bush, and in 1997 from President Bill Clinton. Last year, President George W. Bush bestowed on him the Rank of Distinguished Executive, the highest award for career service in the Senior Executive Service.

Springer commented, "Steve is a consummate professional and I am glad I had the opportunity to work with him. He has served the country well in his 31 years of service and is a credit to the qualified and dedicated Federal workforce. I wish him all the best in his retirement."

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