Trump Pick to Lead Federal HR Office Confirmed by Senate

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By Louis C. LaBrecque

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the government’s central HR office is now in place.

Jeff Pon was confirmed by the Senate late March 7 to be the director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Pon is an experienced HR professional who likely “will want to jump in” to change the federal personnel system, Kristine Simmons, vice president of government affairs at the Partnership for Public Service, told Bloomberg Law recently. Pon has the support of groups representing executives and managers in the federal government. Federal employee unions are taking a wait-and-see approach while acknowledging Pon’s credentials.

Pon most recently was the chief human resources and strategy officer at the Society for Human Resource Management. He previously worked at the OPM during the George W. Bush administration on the launch of USAJOBS, the government’s “help wanted” website.

He’s also worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and as the Energy Department’s chief human capital officer.

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