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Katherine Archuleta confirmed by Senate to head Personnel Management

akatherineALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Katherine Archuleta, former Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, was confirmed Wednesday by the U.S. Senate as the new Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

The White House, in a statement, said: “The President applauds the Senate for confirming today Katherine Archuleta to be the next Director of the Office of Personnel Management. Katherine brings broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people. She is an established advocate for public service and federal workers.

“Katherine shares President Obama’s vision for diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce and she will be a champion for federal workers – the dedicated men and women who are devoted to public service,” the statement also said.

Her nomination was embroiled for months in a dispute over how the Affordable Care Act treats Capitol Hill aides and members of Congress, according to the Washington Post. Some Republicans rose on the Senate floor to explain their no votes as a protest against what they called the law’s special treatment for Hill employees, whose health insurance premiums are still subsidized by the government.

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