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News Release

Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Contact: J. Porter
Tel: 202-606-2402

Karen Lebing, Former U.S. Marine Corps Personnel Specialist, Named to New Post in OPM's Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability Division

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kay Coles James announced the appointment of Karen L. Lebing as the Operations Manager for the Center for Human Resources in the Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability Division.

Lebing, in her new position, will supervise human capital officers in the OPM Center for Human Resources. The center is charged with helping agencies improve their strategic management of human capital and focuses on helping agencies develop their performance cultures.

"Karen's selection is clear evidence that effective organizations develop talent and promote excellence from within. It's wonderful the she has decided to take on a new role and new responsibilities with OPM and continue to help lead the Federal government's human capital management," stated James. "Her service in the past has been exemplary and she remains a valuable asset to the civil service."

Lebing has been in Federal service for nearly 17 years including 13 years at OPM, U.S. Marine Corps and also with the Department of the Interior. In her previous role with OPM Lebing developed governmentwide tools, models, guidance and metrics for the strategic management of human capital. She also played a key role in developing governmentwide guidance for implementing Senor Executive Service appraisal system certification regulations and human capital performance fund regulations. During her tenure with the Marines, as a Personnel Specialist, she served as a member of the management team that negotiated the labor/management contract with the AFGE—the first non-appropriated fund contract that included pay and benefits issues.


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