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United States Senate WASHINGTON, DC 20510 June 9, 2016 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate United States Capitol, S-230 Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Majority Leader McConnell: We write today in regards to the nomination of Beth F. Cobert to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). As you know, Ms. Cobert has served as OPM’s Acting Director since July 10, 2015. On November 10, 2015, President Obama nominated her to the Senate to be Director of OPM. On February 10, 2016, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Ms. Cobert’s nomination with the support of the Ranking Member and the Chairman, who noted at that time that “we are all strongly in support of this nomination.” Yet, in the ensuing seventeen weeks, the Senate has failed to move the nomination forward, despite bipartisan support and appreciation for her qualifications among Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of Congress. Ms. Cobert stepped into the Acting Director role in the aftermath of one of the worst cyberattacks ever committed against the U.S. government. Under her leadership, the agency continues to address the serious consequences of the security breaches, including protection for the millions of individuals whose sensitive information was compromised, and efforts to improve cybersecurity at OPM so that a breach of this magnitude never occurs again. As Director of OPM, Ms. Cobert will also be responsible for a multitude of issues affecting government performance and the federal workforce. Stable leadership is required so that the agency can tackle existing challenges such as reducing the backlog in retirement applications and improving the processing of background check investigations. Given the scope and magnitude of these challenges, itis unfortunate that one member of the Senate has continued to hold Ms. Cobert’s nomination for ideological reasons completely unrelated to her qualifications and performance. While we understand our colleague has concerns relating to OPM rulemaking that occurred well prior to Ms. Cobert’s tenure at OPM, we continue to urge him to elevate those concerns in a productive and appropriate manner rather than hamstringing the agency at a moment when strong leadership is sorely needed. Considering that Ms. Cobert’s capabilities and qualifications continue to be beyond reproach, we encourage you to work to assuage concerns within your caucus and swiftly bring her nomination to the floor of the Senate for a vote, The sooner the Senate is able to provide its advice and consent in confirming Ms. Cobert’s nomination, the sooner we can put this, gamesmanship behind us and focus on the important work that OPM must undertake to implement critical cybersecurity and personnel reforms. We strongly urge you to bring Ms. Cobert’s nomination to the floor of the Senate as swiftly as possible to help support these efforts. wcerely, Mok R Mme Barbar habe: Mark R. Warner Barbara Mikulski United States Senator United States Senator =F oh Kaine Besjamin L-Cardin United States Senator United States Senator ‘The Honorable Harry Reid, Democratic Leader, United States Senate