John Berry Confirmed as Office of Personnel Management Director


Late last week, the Senate confirmed John Berry as the next Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Confirmed by unanimous voice vote, Berry expressed his enthusiasm for assuming the new post:

“I look forward to getting to work with the great men and women at OPM and to advancing the Presidents goal of ensuring that our country’s best and brightest continue to be drawn into the service of our country,” said Berry.

Berry brings with him to OPM decades of public service experience. In his most recent role as Director of the National Zoological Park, he resolved a variety of management issues through implementation of a strategic plan and 20-year capital master plan. He also served as Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior in the Clinton Administration. As Legislative Director to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Berry was instrumental in the formulation of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990, a bill that established locality pay for the federal workforce.

“John Berry’s stellar record of public service and understanding of crucial federal employee issues give me great confidence that he will be a partner in our efforts to build a fairer and more just federal workplace,” said Richard N. Brown, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees. “We congratulate him on his confirmation and look forward to working with him in the years to come.”