WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) issued the following statement today after President Obama announced that John Berry, a former Legislative Director in Hoyer’s office, has been nominated to serve as the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM):
“I can think of no better person than John Berry to lead the Office of Personnel Management. John is an incredibly qualified public servant who possesses significant management experience, great knowledge of government, and a high regard for our Federal workforce. Anyone who has worked with him knows how very bright and positive a person he is. He is an excellent choice to lead OPM, and I strongly support his nomination.
“Altogether, John brings to this job almost three decades of experience working with Federal agency employees, management, and unions. As Legislative Director in my office for 10 years, he served as a valued advisor and was the policy lead on Federal employee issues.
“One of John’s most notable achievements was in helping pass the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, signed into law in 1990, to restructure the pay system for Federal employees and work towards pay fairness and comparability.
“In addition, he has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Assistant Secretary of Interior for Planning, Management and Budget, and in his most recent position as the Director of the National Zoo.
“Federal employees should feel very good about this nomination and that somebody as knowledgeable and positive as John Berry is about the Federal workforce has been appointed to this position.”