House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz to Support Beth Cobert’s OPM Director Nomination

Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

Beth Cobert, acting director at the Office of Personnel Management, has received support from House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to serve as director of OPM on a permanent basis.

Chaffetz urged the Senate to confirm Cobert, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, as OPM chief through a March 3 letter to Senate leaders.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz

Chaffetz’s support comes after the Senate Homeland Security Committee approved Cobert’s nomination as full-time OPM director during an initial hearing in February.

According to Fedscoop, some senators believed a subpoena issued by the House oversight panel to OPM could potentially hamper Cobert’s Senate confirmation.

That subpoena calls for the agency to submit documents with regard to its investigation into a late 2014 breach that compromised the personal data of at least 22 million security clearance applicants and federal employees.

Chaffetz said in the letter that OPM already submitted “some responsive documents” by the subpoena’s Feb. 16 deadline.

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