Beth Cobert comes to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) carrying good will from federal labor leaders developed during her days just a few blocks away at the Office of Management and Budget. President Obama sent her to be OPM’s acting director a week ago in the wake of Katherine Archuleta’s hasty departure as HR chief following disclosures that the personal information of more than 22 million federal employees and others was stolen in a massive security breach. [Acting U.S. personnel chief takes over agency with big problems] “I want to thank you for saying yes” to the OPM assignment, Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union told Cobert during a National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting at the OPM building Wednesday morning. At the beginning of the session, Cobert presented a Theodore Roosevelt award to the retiring Kelley in honor of her service. After the niceties were done, the Council got down to business with pointed questions about ramifications for victims of the cyber theft. Some Cobert could not answer. Some answers were not what the labor leaders wanted to hear. The lack of information only deepens the angst, aggravation and anger of the robbed. […]
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