Senate OKs Blair as OPM deputy director

Senate OKs Blair as OPM deputy director

The Senate has confirmed Dan G. Blair to be deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management.

President Bush nominated Blair Dec. 20. Blair formerly was senior counsel to Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.

'I am ready to begin the important work that lies ahead," he said. 'Now, more than ever, it is important that we focus on creating a nimble, efficient, well-functioning government.'

As senior counsel, Blair helped develop a long-term care insurance program for federal employees and the uniformed services, and worked on reforms in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and life insurance programs.

Prior to joining the Senate committee, Blair worked on the staff of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government.

Born and raised in Joplin, Miss., Blair has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a law degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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