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White House may name Archuleta to OPM

Latino groups might have groused about the lack of representation on President Obama’s second-term cabinet, but they might find a little consolation. We hear Obama plans to name Katherine Archuleta, his campaign’s former national political director, to head the Office of Personnel Management.

Archuleta is a former staffer for former Denver mayor Federico Pena , and she was chief of staff to former Labor secretary Hilda Solis before joining the Obama campaign.

OPM director isn’t a cabinet-level job, but the agency is a high-visibility one overseeing the government’s H.R. functions, which are complicated by sequestration-related furloughs and tightening budgets.

Both of the Hispanics serving in Obama’s first term — Solis and former Interior secretary Ken Salazar — have left, and Obama has only one Latino nominee pending, Tom Perez for Labor secretary.

If confirmed, Archuleta will replace former OPM director John Berry, whose term expired last month.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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