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Top Biden administration official announces she is leaving position

U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) director Kiran Ahuja announced she will be leaving the position in the coming weeks, The Hill reports.

Ahuja will leave her role in May. According to the Federal News Network, she was confirmed director in 2021, becoming the first South Asian and first Asian American woman to hold the position.

She previously served as a civil rights lawyer for the Department of Justice and executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islands under former President Obama, The Hill reports.

“Serving in the Biden-Harris administration, and in support of the 2.2 million federal workers who dedicate themselves to the American people, has been the honor of my life,” Ahuja said in a statement Tuesday per the Federal News Network. “From my time as a civil rights lawyer in the Department of Justice, to my years as OPM’s chief of staff, I’ve seen the power that public service has to change lives, rebuild communities and make our nation stronger. We have accomplished so much these last three years at OPM, but I am most proud of the friendships and bonds we built together in public service.”

A spokesperson told the Federal News Network that Ahuja is leaving due to health concerns and a recent death in the family.

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