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A New Day for the Civil Service

John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, provides an update on what the office has accomplished this year and what they'll be working on in the coming year.

Ed. Note: You can watch video of each Cabinet member describing what his or her department or agency has accomplished this year and what to expect in the year ahead at our The President's Cabinet Reporting to You page.


I’ve been very lucky to be at OPM this past year for a few reasons. President Obama has generated energy and enthusiasm for public service that we haven’t seen in generations. That enthusiasm helps us bring in the best and the brightest new recruits. The government does a lot of hiring, so I have the chance to help fellow Americans who are looking for work.

I’ve gotten strong support from the top because this administration actually wants to make government – and your tax dollars – work. We have a great staff of career Feds here at OPM who come to me continuously with ideas and a can-do spirit.  And the last reason (maybe secretly the first)… I love a good challenge. 

Check out two of our most recent accomplishments, the brand new USAJOBS and FedsHireVets sites.  Launched just this month, they’re simple and easy-to-use. 

Everyone can check out Federal jobs and apply at

Veterans and transitioning service members can go to

John Berry is Director of the Office of Personnel Management