With a new manager, OPM enters final stages of HR project

The Office of Personnel Management Monday named Rhonda Diaz as the new project manager for its Enterprise Human Resources Integration e-government project.

Diaz replaced Sandra Gibbs, who was reassigned last month to assess how OPM's IT systems meet federal privacy rules.

Diaz takes over the project as it heads into the home stretch. Norm Enger, OPM's e-government project director, said that by Sept. 30 the agency will establish a repository of employee data, which will become the electronic personnel file for 1.8 million federal civilian employees. By early next year, OPM will launch the full EHRI system, he said.

Earlier this year, OPM debuted a work force analysis planning tool under EHRI. Click for background story.

Diaz has worked closely with Gibbs on the project. Diaz said she was the assistant director for work force information, where she ran the central personnel data file and FedScope, a database of federal civilian work force statistics. Diaz also deployed the Defense Department's Modern Defense Personnel System before coming to OPM.

'We have continuity with the project because Rhonda understands the history and has had a lot of contact with agency counterparts,' Enger said. 'There has been no holdup in any milestone with this change.'

Enger said Gibbs was reassigned because of her background in privacy and assessing IT systems.

OPM will award a contract later this month for the integration of EHRI with agency personnel and payroll systems, so OPM eventually can collect about 600 data elements, Enger said.

(Updated June 9, 2003 9:42 a.m.)

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