The Senior Executives Association has written to Senate leaders to express “strong support” for the nomination of Jeff Tien Han Pon to be OPM director.

Noting that OPM has not had a confirmed director in place since mid-2015, SEA president Bill Valdez said he is “confident that Jeff will bring the necessary real-world and agency experience to OPM that will help transform federal government human capital practices and processes.”

“While serving at the Department of Energy, I had the privilege of working with Jeff on a project he initiated to improve human capital processes at DOE. The thought leadership he brought to that project is indicative of the skills and experience he will bring to his new role at OPM,” it added.

His other positions have included OPM deputy director of e-government; chief human resources strategy officer for the Society for Human Resource Management; chief operating officer for Futures Inc., which helps military personnel transition to civilian jobs; and in the Booz-Allen consulting firm’s HR practice.

President Trump’s initial nominee, George Nesterczuk, withdrew after opposition from federal employee unions, primarily related to his role in setting up the National Security Personnel System at DoD during the Bush administration.