President Trump has nominated Dale Cabaniss, a veteran of civil service issues, to head OPM, an agency that has been run only on an acting basis for almost all of the last four years.
Cabaniss chaired the FLRA during the George W. Bush administration and has two decades of prior experience on civil service matters with the Senate Governmental Affairs and Appropriations committees.
Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management of OMB, has been doing double-duty as acting OPM director since late last year after Jeff T.H. Pon resigned, reportedly over disagreements with administration officials over a plan to shift OPM’s insurance, retirement and HR services divisions to GSA and its security clearance review division to DoD, while moving its policy role to the White House.
That plan likely will be a primary issue in her confirmation process, given the questions that have arisen over the administration’s push to carry out that reorganization even without changes in law.
Before Pon’s confirmation, OPM had been run by acting directors since mid-2015 when Katherine Archuleta resigned in the wake of the theft from two OPM databases of personal information on more than 20 million current and former federal employees and others.