Former OMB controller Springer nominated to head OPM

President Bush today announced he plans to nominate Linda Springer as the new head of the Office of Personnel Management.

Since 2002, Springer has served as the Office of Management and Budget's controller and head of the Office of Federal Financial Management. She left Jan. 25 to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

OPM has been without a permanent director since Kay Coles James stepped down Jan. 31. Deputy director Dan Blair has been the acting director since James left.

The Senate must confirm Springer, which should not be a problem since she was confirmed as controller once before.

'From her work in the private sector and as the controller at OMB, Linda Springer has demonstrated that she can achieve results,' said Clay Johnson, OMB's deputy director for management. 'Linda Springer has extensive knowledge of modern personnel practices and has proven that she can work well with Congress. These will be assets as she works with Congress and agencies, as well as federal employees and the unions that represent them, to better recruit, motivate and retain quality federal workers.'

As controller, Springer led the improved financial performance effort under the president's Management Agenda, pushed agencies to close their year-end books in 45 days, led the lines-of-business financial management and grants management consolidation initiatives, and began updating OMB Circular 123 on internal controls.

Before coming to OMB, Springer served as senior vice president and controller of Provident Mutual. She received her bachelor's degree from Ursinus College of Collegeville, Pa.

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