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Katherine Archuleta Confirmed by Senate to Lead OPM

KatherineArchuletaKatherine Archuleta, former national political director of Obama’s reelection campaign, was confirmed in a 62-35 Senate vote Wednesday as the Office of Personnel Management director, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Lisa Rein writes the confirmation represents the first recorded vote on an OPM director nominee in the agency’s 35-year history.

Archuleta succeeds Elaine Kaplan, who stepped in to lead the agency on an acting basis following John Berry’s departure in April.

The Post reports Archuleta previously servedchief of staff to former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and worked at the departments of Energy and Transportation.

At her confirmation hearing, she vowed to update OPM’s information technology system and recruit new talent to reduce the backlog of retirement claims, Rein reports.

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