Biden admin’s personnel director to step down

By Kevin Bogardus | 04/17/2024 01:27 PM EDT

Kiran Ahuja took on a high-profile role, including strengthening civil service protections for the federal workforce.

Kiran Ahuja.

Kiran Ahuja, director of the Office of Personnel Management, pictured here on Capitol Hill on April 22, 2021, announced plans to leave her job. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja will leave her position in the next several weeks, her agency announced Tuesday.

Ahuja served almost three years as the U.S. government’s top human resources official. During her tenure, she dealt with several controversial issues, including telework for federal employees during the wind down from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as safeguards for career staff to prevent firings under a potential second Trump administration.

“Serving in the Biden-Harris Administration, and in support of the 2.2 million federal workers who dedicate themselves to the American people, has been the honor of my life,” Ahuja said in a statement.


She added, “We have accomplished so much these last three years at OPM, but I am most proud of the friendships and bonds we built together in public service. Thank you most to the OPM workforce for your service and dedication.”