Obama Appoints John Berry to OPM

President Obama has finally made official an appointment first reported by the Post's Al Kamen about seven weeks ago.

Today, the president nominated John Berry to head the Office of Personnel Management.

“From turning around the National Zoo to fostering a more productive work environment at the Department of the Interior, John Berry has a tremendous record of effective management in key public service roles," Obama said. "I’m confident that he will provide that same leadership at OPM to help ensure that government works for the American people the way it should.”

Federal labor leaders praised the nomination.

“John Berry is the perfect choice for the position of OPM Director. He has the right experience in both policy and in politics. We look forward to working with him as he takes on the task of revitalizing the civil service – which been attacked for eight years by the Bush Administration.” said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Beth Moten, the union's legislative director, cited Berry's work with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

“Berry’s work on federal employee issues for Hoyer required him to be an expert in virtually everything that concerns federal workers and retirees. In particular, during the development of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990, which set up the locality pay system for General Schedule employees, Berry was the primary negotiator on behalf of the Congress and won accolades for his professionalism from all sides,” she said.

By Sara Goo  |  March 3, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  | Category:  Labor , Office of Personnel Management
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