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Director's Office

  • Beth F. Cobert

    Acting Director

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    President Obama appointed Beth F. Cobert as Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management on July 10, 2015. She comes to OPM from the Office of Management and Budget...View Bio

  • Kiran Ahuja

    Chief of Staff

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    Kiran Ahuja brings two decades of public service leadership and experience in the Federal Government and the not-for-profit sector to her role as Chief of Staff at the Office of Personnel...View Bio

  • Leandra English

    Principal Deputy Chief of Staff

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  • Melody Gonzales

    Deputy Chief of Staff

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    Melody Gonzales brings 14 years of leadership, management, and public service experience to her role as Deputy Chief of Staff. In this position she serves as a... View Bio

  • Clifton N. Triplett

    Senior Cyber and Information Technology Advisor

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    As OPM’s Senior Cyber and Information Technology Advisor, Clif Triplett will help fulfill OPM’s commitment to strengthening our cybersecurity posture...View Bio

  • Michael Grant

    Senior Advisor to the Director

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    Michael Grant is a Senior Advisor to the Director and the agency's liaison to the White House. He brings to the role many years of experience in the Federal Government and at OPM...View Bio

  • Khalilah M. Harris

    Senior Advisor to the Director

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    As a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Director, Khalilah M. Harris provides analysis and strategic advice in support of OPM’s mission, including human capital management policy...View Bio

  • Kathleen McGettigan

    Chief Management Officer

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    As Chief Management Officer (CMO), Kathleen McGettigan provides overall organizational insight to improve agency performance and achieve OPM’s mission and goals through strategic...View Bio

  • Justin Johnson

    Executive Director of the CHCO Council

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    Justin R. Johnson brings a variety of public service experience to the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He has served in the legislative and executive branches...View Bio

  • Jane Lee

    Deputy Chief Operating Officer

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    Jane Lee is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the Office of Personnel Management. She supports the agency’s performance, financial, and human capital management as well as its day-to-day operations...View Bio

  • Teresa Nankivell

    Senior Advisor for Security and Suitability

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    Teresa Nankivell brings more than three decades of leadership and national security experience to the Federal Government. Ms. Nankivell also serves as a principal advisor to the Suitability and...View Bio

  • Jason Levine

    Director, Office of Congressional, Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs

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    Jason Levine is the Director of the Office of Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs (CLIA) where he is responsible for... View Bio

  • Jennifer Tyree

    Office of Congressional & Legislative Intergovernmental Affairs

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    Jennifer Tyree is the Deputy Director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Intergovernmental Affairs (CLIA) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In this position she advocates for the legislative and policy priorities...View Bio

  • Michael J. Amato

    Director, Office of Communications

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    As Director of the Office of Communications, Michael Amato oversees the agency’s internal and external communications and directs OPM’s communications strategy...View Bio

  • Katie Pennell

    Deputy Director, Office of Communications

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    As Deputy Director of the Office of Communications, Katie Pennell supports the agency’s internal and external communications and OPM’s communications strategy...View Bio

  • Samuel Schumach

    Press Secretary

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    Sam Schumach is the Office of Personnel Management’s Press Secretary. He provides the public with timely and accurate information about the agency, and... View Bio

Program Directors

  • Kenneth Zawodny, Jr.

    Associate Director, Retirement Services

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    Kenneth J. Zawodny, Jr. directs the activities of multiple staff and line organizations in administering the Civil Service and Federal Employees Retirement Systems with annual disbursement of...View Bio

  • Mark Lambert

    Associate Director, Merit System Accountability and Compliance

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    Mark W. Lambert carries out the Office of Personnel Management's statutory oversight of the federal government's human resources programs and directs field operations in various U.S. cities...View Bio

  • John O'Brien

    Director, Healthcare and Insurance

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    John O'Brien oversees the insurance programs for Federal employees including the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program, which provides health insurance to over eight million Federal...View Bio

  • Alan Spielman

    Assistant Director, Healthcare & Insurance, Federal Employee Insurance Operations

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    Alan P. Spielman is the Assistant Director, Federal Employee Insurance Operations for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the negotiation and administration of contracts...View Bio

  • Christine Hunter

    Chief Medical Officer, Healthcare & Insurance

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    Dr. Hunter brings OPM over 30 years of experience in federal health care. As a Navy Rear Admiral and Deputy Director of TRICARE Management Activity from 2009-2011, she coordinated... View Bio

  • Hakeem Basheerud-Deen

    Director of Veterans Services

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    Hakeem Basheerud-Deen is the Director, Veterans Services, with the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Executive Director of the Federal Council on Veterans Employment...View Bio

  • Charles S. Phalen, Jr.

    Director, National Background Investigations Bureau

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    Charles S. Phalen, Jr. is the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau. In this role, he reports to the OPM Director and leads a newly established entity within the...View Bio

  • Merton W. Miller

    Deputy Director, National Background Investigations Bureau

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    Merton W. Miller currently serves as the Deputy Director, National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).View Bio

  • M. Colleen Crowley

    Senior Advisor for Suitability, Fitness, and Credentialing

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    M. Colleen Crowley serves as the Senior Advisor for Suitability, Fitness, and Credentialing. Ms. Crowley is a principal advisor to the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management...View Bio

  • Lisa Loss

    Deputy Associate Director for External Affairs

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    Lisa M. Loss brings more than 25 years of experience in personnel security investigations to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Federal Investigative Services (FIS)...View Bio

  • Jeffrey C. Flora

    Deputy Associate Director, Quality

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    Jeffrey Flora is the Deputy Associate Director for Quality in the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Investigative Services (FIS). FIS is the largest provider of background investigations...View Bio

  • Mark P. Sherwin

    Deputy Associate Director, Operations

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    Mark Sherwin is the Deputy Associate Director for Operations with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Investigative Services (FIS)...View Bio

  • James C. Onusko

    Transition Leader, National Background Investigations Bureau

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    In March 2016, James C. Onusko was sworn in as the Transition Leader, National Background Investigations Bureau, for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)...View Bio

  • Christy K. Wilder

    Deputy Manager, National Background Investigations Bureau Transition Team

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    Christy K. Wilder was appointed as the Deputy Manager of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) Transition Team in March 2016...View Bio

  • LaShonn M. Woodland

    Director, Equal Employment Opportunity

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    As the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Mrs. Woodland leads and administers the agency-wide EEO program which addresses all types of workplace disputes related to equal employment opportunity and discrimination...View Bio

  • Zina B. Sutch

    Director, Diversity and Inclusion

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    As Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the OPM, Dr. Sutch leads OPM’s effort to develop government-wide policies and guidance to assist Federal agencies build diverse, inclusive, and…View Bio

  • Joseph Kennedy

    Associate Director, Human Resources Solutions

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    Joe has spent 30 years in the field of human resources management. He is responsible for formulating and implementing human capital management strategies and policies to support Federal...View Bio

  • Dianna M. Saxman

    Deputy Associate Director, Human Resources Solutions, Federal Staffing Group

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    Dianna M. Saxman joined the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in November 1999. She is currently a Deputy Associate Director in OPM's HR Solutions Division...View Bio

  • Reginald Brown

    Deputy Associate Director, Human Resources Solutions, Center for Management Services

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    Reggie Brown is responsible for implementing interoperable solutions/initiatives to enhance the performance of operational human resources processes...View Bio

  • Leslie Pollack

    Deputy Associate Director, Human Resources Solutions, HR Strategy and Evaluation Solutions

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    Dr. Pollack oversees reimbursable programs Federal agencies need to develop high performing organizations, including competency modeling, selection and promotion...View Bio

  • Sydney Smith-Heimbrock

    Associate Director, Human Resource Solutions, Center for Leadership and Development

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    Sydney leads Employee Services’ Center for Strategic Workforce Planning. Her team develops forecasts and strategies to position the Federal workforce for future requirements...View Bio

  • Rich Vinnacombe

    Human Capital Category Manager

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    Rich Vinnacombe joined the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in January 2011. He is currently the Human Capital Category Manager in OPM's HR Solutions Division...View Bio

  • Suzanne Logan

    Director, Federal Executive Institute

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    Dr. Suzanne Logan heads the U.S. government’s development program for senior leaders as the Director of the Center for Leadership Development and Federal Executive Institute...View Bio

  • Mark Reinhold

    Associate Director Employee Services & Chief Human Capital Officer

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    As the Associate Director for Employee Services and Chief Human Capital Officer, Mark Reinhold is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Governmentwide human resources policy...View Bio

  • Veronica Villalobos

    Principal Deputy Associate Director

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    Veronica Villalobos is Principal Deputy Associate Director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Employee Services division. She has been a member...View Bio

  • Andrea Bright

    Deputy Associate Director, Human Resources & Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer

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    As the Deputy Associate Director for Human Resources and Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, Andrea Bright provides executive leadership to the human resources program supporting OPM’s workforce...View Bio

  • Kimberly Holden

    Deputy Associate Director, Employee Services, Recruitment & Hiring

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    Kim Holden leads the Federal government’s efforts to recruit and hire America’s best and brightest to meet the challenges of the 21st century Government...View Bio

  • Tim Curry

    Deputy Associate Director, Employee Services, Partnership and Labor Relations

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    Mr. Curry provides policy direction and leadership in designing, developing and promulgating Government-wide programs for labor relations and employee accountability…View Bio

  • Stephen Shih

    Deputy Associate Director, Senior Executive Services and Performance Management

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    Steve Shih serves at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the position of Deputy Associate Director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management...View Bio

  • Brenda Roberts

    Deputy Associate Director, Employee Services, Pay and Leave

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    Brenda L. Roberts is responsible for the overall administration of laws, regulations, and policies related to pay, leave, premium pay, and hours of work...View Bio

Support Function Leaders

  • Dennis D. Coleman

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Dennis Coleman is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this capacity, Mr. Coleman is responsible for managing OPM’s financial systems, budget, accounting...View Bio

  • Daniel K. Marella

    Deputy Chief Financial Officer

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    Dan has worked for the Office of Personnel Management for 33 years in various budget and financial management positions including Assistant Inspector General for Policy…View Bio

  • Rochelle S. Bayard

    Associate Chief Financial Officer, Financial Systems Management

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    Rochelle has served more than 17 years in management and financial systems development positions supporting several federal agencies and institutions of higher learning. She has managed...View Bio

  • Margaret Ponds

    Associate Chief Financial Officer, Budget & Performance

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    Margaret leads the budget function and supports the performance management system. Her responsibilities include development, execution and reporting of appropriated, revolving and earned...View Bio

  • Tonya R. Johnson

    Associate Chief Financial Officer, Financial Services

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    As the Associate Chief Financial Officer for Financial Services, Ms. Johnson manages financial, accounting, and reporting operations for OPM programs.View Bio

  • Jonathan Foley

    Director, Planning and Policy Analysis (PPA)

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    Jonathan is director, Planning and Policy Analysis, Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In that role, he manages a team that provides advice to the OPM Director on human resources...View Bio

  • Anne S. Easton

    Deputy Director, Planning & Policy Analysis

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    Anne has been employed at the office of Personnel Management since 1999. She has a broad policy background, with particular emphasis on health insurance and the Federal Health...View Bio

  • Bernhard Kluger

    Deputy Performance Improvement Officer

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    As Deputy Performance Improvement Officer, Bernie Kluger supports the PIO in the development of stategies for OPM's achievement of its agency priority goals...View Bio

  • Steve M. Niu

    Actuary

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    Steve supervises and manages the Office of the Actuaries to perform risk analysis and actuarial services for the Federal employee benefit and retirement programs. His office assists in the annual...View Bio

  • Jozetta Robinson

    Director, Executive Secretariat

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    Jozetta Robinson has nearly 25 years of Federal experience. Before joining the Federal government, she spent four years in the United States Marine Corps...View Bio

  • Sheldon Friedman

    Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC)

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    Sheldon advises the Director of OPM on policy matters pertaining to the Federal Wage System (FWS)—the pay plan that covers the Federal Government’s 230,000 hourly employees...View Bio

  • Keith Willingham

    Director, Combined Federal Campaign

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    Keith develops policies, strategies and provides oversight over a program that has grown to include nearly 25,000 charities world-wide. Since its inception, the program has helped raise over $8 billion dollars...View Bio

  • Dean Hunter

    Director, Facilities, Security, and Emergency Management

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    Dean is responsible for oversight of OPM’s contracting, facilities management, publications, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, physical security, continuity, emergency...View Bio

  • Janet Barnes

    Director, Internal Oversight and Compliance

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    Janet is responsible for holding program managers accountable for operating efficiently and effectively in accordance with applicable policy, regulations and standards...View Bio

  • David DeVries

    Chief Information Officer

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    David DeVries serves as the senior digital and information technology advisor to the OPM Director. In this role, in coordination with OPM senior leadership and other stakeholders, he is responsible for...View Bio

  • Dovarius Peoples

    Associate Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions

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  • David A. Vargas

    Associate Chief Information Officer, IT Strategy and Policy

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  • Ashu Goel

    Associate Chief Information Officer, Federal Data Solutions

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  • Lawrence Anderson

    Associate Chief Information Officer, Federal IT Business Solutions

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General Counsel

  • Robin Jacobsohn

    General Counsel

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    Robin Jacobsohn became General Counsel for the Office of Personnel Management in July 2015. Ms. Jacobsohn is responsible for directing the Office of the General Counsel…View Bio

  • Laura Hussain

    Special Counsel & Senior Advisor

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  • Amy Apostol

    Special Counsel

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  • Kathie Ann Whipple

    Deputy General Counsel

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    Kathie Ann Whipple serves as the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Deputy General Counsel, where she oversees legal matters for the agency...View Bio

  • Jason Foster

    Associate General Counsel

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