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Senate Committee Endorses Beth Cobert as Full-Time OPM Head

Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

Beth Cobert, acting director at the Office of Personnel Management, has received the full support of a Senate committee to lead the agency on a full-time basis, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday.

Cory Bennett writes the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to advance Cobert’s nomination as permanent OPM director to a final hearing in the upper chamber.

“She has a strong record of strong management and she is the right person for this job,” Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) was quoted as saying by The Hill.

Cobert has led OPM in an interim basis since Katherine Archuleta resigned from the director role amid investigations of data breaches at the agency last summer, GovExec’s Kellie Lunney reports.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Cobert has vowed to address lawmakers’ inquiry into OPM cybersecurity issues.

Before she joined OPM, Cobert was deputy management director at the Office of Management and Budget and previously worked at McKinsey & Co. for almost 30 years.

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