John Berry Named OPM Director
President Obama intends to nominate John Berry to serve as the next director of the Office of Personnel Management. A veteran of the Treasury and Interior departments and current director of the National Zoo, Berry also once served as legislative assistant to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
"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 in a statement. "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."
The OPM director basically serves as the human resources manager for the federal government's more than 2 million federal employees. Among many other tasks, the director decides when to close federal government offices in Washington, D.C., due to inclement weather.
| March 3, 2009; 3:08 PM ET
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