The Office of Personnel Management‘s inspector general has said Beth Cobert is ineligible under federal law to act as agency director while her nomination for the post is pending, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
OPM IG Patrick McFarland told Cobert in a memo that her situation violates the 1998 Federal Vacancies Reform Act.
“Under the FVRA, any actions taken by you since the date of your nomination are void and may not be subsequently ratified,” McFarland wrote in the letter obtained by The Post.
As acting director, Cobert has implemented guidelines federal employee recruitment, relocation, retention incentives as well as senior executive performance evaluation and rotational policies.
Cortell noted the law states that a presidential nominee cannot act as head of a federal agency if he or she did not previously serve as the agency’s first assistant in the year prior to his or her appointment.