Trump replaces federal personnel director
Washington: US President Donald Trump has abruptly replaced the director of federal personnel with a top official at the Office of Management and Budget, according to the White House.
On Friday, White House said in a brief statement Margaret Weichert, who serves as deputy director for management at the White House Office of Management and Budget, will helm the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in an acting capacity “in addition to her current duties”, reports The Hill magazine.
Weichert will replace Jeff Pon, a business executive who had been in the post just since March.
A White House official said Pon resigned but did not provide a reason for his departure.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Weichert said the decision was in line with Trump’s “management agenda”.
She has played a key role in the administration’s effort to reform the civil service.
“What I would say is that the broader objectives of the President’s management agenda are focusing on driving and really modernizing how we think about governing and our workforce in the 21st century. The President wants me to continue the work that we are doing around the President’s management agenda,” said Weichert.
The OPM is an independent federal agency tasked with overseeing the federal civilian workforce. Its previous Senate-confirmed director, Katherine Archuelta, was forced to resign in 2015 after it was revealed that 20 million people’s personal information was stolen in a major data breach.