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Biden's OPM nominee appears headed for confirmation

President Joe Biden's nominee for director of the Office of Personnel Management, Kiran Ahuja, is headed for confirmation via unanimous consent, according to the updated Senate calendar. A vote is likely before the Senate begins a recess going into the July 4 holiday. 

Ahuja's nomination was reported out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on a party-line vote in late April. However a vote on the nomination was stalled because of a hold placed by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), the Washington Post reported, because of what a spokesperson for the lawmaker characterized as Ahuja's "history [of] promoting radical critical race theorists."

Under the Trump administration, OPM was at the center of a controversial executive order banning the teaching of certain concepts in diversity training – an order which focused on purging tenets of critical race theory from agency and contractor training curricula. That order was revoked by Biden on the first day of his administration.

Ahuja, who served as chief of staff at OPM during the Obama administration, said at her confirmation hearing she would focus on employee morale, as well as improvement to the federal retirement system and improving OPM's own IT systems.

Reader comments

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

John H. You have a point that the attempt to improve racial relations is making it worse sometimes, to my mind. But this website mostly does short articles. I think to like point at things feds might want to discuss, that they read or watch news stories about elsewhere. It didn't say whether the Hawley complaints are fair or not fair. They might be partly fair like you say. Personally I don't trust the guy. Grandstands too much. What would help feds is better more consistent COLA increases and better management.

Mon, Jun 14, 2021 John H mn

The article is completely lacking in detail. What were Hawley's more detailed objections? From what I have seen, she has been consumed with racial theory and does play the racial angle in all that she does. So why is this not discussed in this Federal Soup story?

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