SEA Welcomes Confirmation of OPM Director Jeff Pon
Washington, D.C. – The Senior Executives Association welcomes the Senate’s voice vote confirmation of Jeff Pon as the new director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
“The confirmation of Jeff Pon as OPM director is very timely, because the Administration is set to unveil its President’s Management Agenda (PMA) later in March. We need a strong and seasoned leader at the helm of OPM to manage what will no doubt be extraordinarily complex proposals affecting the federal workforce coming out of the PMA,” said Senior Executives Association President Bill Valdez. “SEA looks forward to sitting down with Mr. Pon as he assumes his duties -- as well as with OPM Deputy Director Michael Regas, who was also confirmed by the Senate last night – to provide career federal leaders’ perspectives on the policies shaping the federal workforce.”
SEA has for the past four months urged Pon’s confirmation, noting in a September letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commuttee that “OPM, the agency tasked with overseeing the federal civil service, has been without a Senate-confirmed Director for more than two years. While the agency has certainly undertaken good work in the interim, operating without a clearly established direction should not become the standard state of affairs, particularly for such an integral component of the federal workforce.”
SEA – joined on the September letter by its counterparts in the Government Managers Coalition, a group of five federal executive and management professional associations collectively representing more than 200,000 federal employees – said Pon “has the background necessary to step in and provide crucial guidance to the agency and to federal workers,” specifically highlighting Pon’s “background as a human resources expert, tenure as Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Energy and the Deputy Director of eGovernment at OPM, promise a broad and relevant skill-set ideal for filling this crucial government role.”