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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 of the Director and the Administration. She is responsible for educating, responding to, interacting with, and advising Congress on Federal human resources management policy.
Prior to joining CLIA, Ms. Tyree served in the United States Senate for 11 years, most recently as Legislative Director and Counsel to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii). In that capacity, she led his legislative and press team, in collaboration with the staff of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee in the development and implementation of Senator Akaka's legislative agenda. In addition, she was his Leadership liaison in support of his role as the Vice Chairman of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. Ms. Tyree also served as Senator Akaka’s senior advisor on a broad range of issues, including foreign affairs, labor, judiciary, homeland security, and communications. She was instrumental in the enactment of the Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act and led Senator Akaka’s efforts on increasing privacy protections and foreign language education.
From 2001 through 2008, Ms. Tyree served on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, most recently as counsel and a senior policy advisor on the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia. She was actively involved in the Committee and Subcommittee’s review and oversight of every major federal workforce, homeland security, and government management policy and legislation considered, including the Homeland Security Act, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, the National Security Personnel System, the REAL ID Act, and the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act. Her areas of expertise included civil service reform; federal employee rights, benefits, and protections; homeland security; privacy protections and civil liberties; and government management.
Ms. Tyree earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a J.D. from The American University, Washington College of Law.
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