Statement from National President Dougan Regarding OPM Director Archuleta Resignation

Friday, July 10, 2015

Washington, DC – Today, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Archuleta submitted her resignation, effective at close of business July 10, 2015. Beth Cobert, current Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will becoming acting Director of OPM effective tomorrow. William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, America’s first federal employee union, representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S. issued the following statement:

"The announcement of OPM Director Archuleta’s resignation puts federal employees in a dire state of uncertainty. With Director Archuleta’s resignation, the volatility of this situation has escalated exponentially and we face a void of leadership. All the while, millions of federal employees that have had their personal information compromised continue to go without the suite of protections they need and deserve from OPM. The administration needs to get control of this situation and they need to provide stable leadership that those affected can turn to for answers in the wake of this unprecedented attack."

"We thank Director Archuleta for her service to the American people and to federal employees across this country. As for the President’s choice of naming Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Beth Cobert acting OPM Director, we applaud that decision. We have worked with Beth for a number of years, and we believe this is a solid choice in the interim during this time of chaos at OPM. Beth has the necessary skillset to provide leadership at OPM while the President weighs long-term options."

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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE represents 110,000 federal employees in 35 departments and agencies government-wide, including the majority of federal wildland firefighters. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to

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