On October 30, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Katherine Archuleta as the next federal personnel chief.

Archuleta’s nomination was stalled for months after her predecessor stepped down in April over a dispute about how the Affordable Care Act treats Capitol Hill aides and members of Congress. Several members of the opposing party stated their opposition towards the issue, rather than the individual nominee themselves.

There are several key takeaways from Archuleta’s response:

1)      She maintained her individualism and track record

2)      She outlined a personally accountable plan

Archuleta has described her leadership style as “holding individuals accountable” for their work and has pledged to create a plan in her first 100 days to move the Office of Personnel Management forward. Since the position was created in 1978, this was the first time that a nominee to run the agency was confirmed with a recorded vote, which was approved by a slight majority.

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