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.