from the Federal Times:
Beth Cobert has been active in her time as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, ushering in a number of important workforce initiatives in a few short months. Unfortunately, many of those policies are in jeopardy of being thrown out, according to the OPM inspector general.
Citing judicial precedent, IG Patrick McFarland said Cobert cannot serve as acting director while her nomination is pending before the Senate, prompting the IG to declare all policies and directives issued since Nov. 10—the date of her official nomination—to be null and void.
Here’s a look at just a few of the major initiatives that will have to be recreated from scratch once Cobert—or another nominee—is confirmed by the Senate.
National Background Investigations Bureau
The NBIB was created in January to restructure the way OPM handles background investigations in the wake of a massive breach last year that exposed sensitive information on millions of current, former and prospective federal employees and their relations.
The new bureau would absorb the Federal Investigative Service and the rest of the civilian government’s investigations but would house the information in data centers managed by the Department of Defense, which will handle the IT security aspect.
With Cobert’s standing to establish new offices up in the air, so is the fate of NBIB.