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  • Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee postponed a vote on the nomination of John Gibbs
    Sep 25, 2020

    SUMMARY: Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee postponed a vote on the nomination of John Gibbs to become the Director of the Office of Personnel Management following letters from NTEU and other organizations opposing his nomination.

    Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee postponed a
    vote on the nomination of John Gibbs to be the next Director of the Office of Personnel
    Management (OPM) citing the request of some members for additional information from the
    nominee following letters from several organizations, including NTEU, opposing the
    nomination.
    Mr. Gibbs, a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    who has a background in technology, has limited experience in human resources and has made
    several statements that, at best, demonstrate an insensitivity to individuals of different
    backgrounds and faiths. In addition, Mr. Gibbs tweeted support for new hires being vetted to
    ensure they are loyal to the President. If confirmed as the Director of OPM, Mr. Gibbs would
    lead the non-partisan civil service and his previous comments suggest he is unable to adhere to
    the Merit Systems Principles, ensuring that federal employees are recruited and advanced based
    on their ability and skills, protect employees from retaliation for disclosing waste, fraud, and
    abuse, and ensure that other federal agencies do so as well.
    OPM faces numerous challenges and requires a leader that can work collaboratively with
    employees from all backgrounds and their representatives to meet those challenges and help
    agencies to attract and retain a talented workforce that reflects the nation it serves.
    Unfortunately, Mr. Gibbs does not appear to have the background, experience, or temperament
    to do so. I will keep you apprised of future developments

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    Download:
    GibbsNomination(Attach).pdf
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