Berry_official_portrait OPM chief John Berry.

The director of the Office of Personnel Management will not will not return as head of the nation’s human resources department when his four-year term expires next week, according to a government official with knowledge of his plans.

OPM chief John Berry alerted the Chief Human Capital Officers Council on Wednesday of his intention to not stay on for a second term, an official who was in attendance at the meeting confirmed.

News of Berry’s plans were first reported by Federal News Radio.

The Post reported in March that Berry, who became OPM chief on April 13, 2009, is thought to be a leading candidate to be the next U.S. ambassador to Australia. He also was seen as a possible pick for Interior secretary until President Obama nominated Sally Jewell for that role in early February.

Berry’s departure would leave OPM with a leadership void at the top of the agency, which has already been without a deputy director since August 2011. It is unclear who would head OPM on an interim basis.

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