March 3rd, 2009
04:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama names Nat'l Zoo Director to oversee federal workforce

John Berry, pictured here in a 2006 file photo, is the President's choice to head the Office of Personnel Management.

John Berry, pictured here in a 2006 file photo, is the President's choice to head the Office of Personnel Management.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama plans to nominate National Zoo Director John Berry to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management, the agency that oversees the federal government’s work force, the White House said Tuesday.

“From turning around the National Zoo to fostering a more productive work environment at the Department of the Interior, John Berry has a tremendous record of effective management in key public service roles,” Obama said in a statement. “I’m confident that he will provide that same leadership at OPM to help ensure that government works for the American people the way it should.”

Berry previously worked in the Clinton administration in the Treasury and Interior Departments, and as a legislative aide for Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer.

The White House also announced Tuesday that the President plans to nominate Julius Genachowski to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    No Hillary = No Obama

    You don't get to....not that it matters. If the guy is qualified, he's qualified. You're just experiencing what I like to call a knee-jerk idiocy response because you hate Obama so much you really don't care how dumb you sound spouting off at the mouth without any factual basis.

    Still have that math wrong too by the way.

    March 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. tk in IL

    How appropriate a background. National Zoo director to now oversee all the government workforce! HAHAHAHA!!!

    March 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. NoLeftTurn

    I needed a great laugh today!! This made my day. From one zoo to a bigger zoo...LOL

    March 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Robin

    I'm speechless.

    March 3, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Snooky

    LOL Great choice for president America!! Another folly

    March 3, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Angel, McLean, VA

    So it seems that it won't be not more monkey business. This new Zoo director knows all the in and outs in the federal arena.
    It is really just a joke after another-What a change!

    March 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. dumbocrat alert

    we are doomed by a community organizer...unbelieveable

    March 3, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Sylvester

    Finally ... a true public servant – someone willing to take a demotion for the good of the country! Keep HOPE alive!

    March 3, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. baze

    Jesus Christ ,the bureacracy is getting ridiculously huge! Mark my words, federalism is back.

    March 3, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. YBM

    Maybe he can keep all the monkeys in they can write more stimulul packages for the entitlement population that have their hands out.

    March 3, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. sniffthese

    well he does have experience with monkeys.

    March 3, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Ed's Kate

    As long as the gentleman is qualified to serve in the position he has been chosen for, who cares where he worked prior to this.

    March 3, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. matt

    Maybe this guy can keep Obama and the rest of his crook buddies in check up at the zoo (formerly known as the White House).

    March 3, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. ck

    Well... maybe the chimp knows something we dont!!

    LOL and before all you Libs post hate and racism... what have you been calling Bush for 8 yrs?


    March 3, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    I love it. Let the jokes begin. I love Obama, and I'm sure this guy is well-qualified, but the zoo-keeper overseeing the federal workforce is fantastic! LOL

    March 3, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. thomas

    The best qualified candidate for this position?

    March 3, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. BP

    It's definitely a step down.

    March 3, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Fantastic

    He talks to the animals...question is will they listen? How funny, wonder if his taxes are in order. The laughs just keep coming!

    March 3, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Franky

    Ohh, O.K, for a minute I'm thinking about the Zoo and I'm like what the hell??

    Finally a Zoo guy we need...(laughing), sorry, sounds kind of funny.

    March 3, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. California Gold

    There is a certain symmetry to this.

    March 3, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Jen, Cali

    to Sniffit March 3rd, 2009 5:45 pm ET

    Sniffit sounds like some little gerbil creeping up one's leg. EEWWW!

    March 3, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. dumbocrat alert

    does anyone still believe in this guy? (subject to moderation)

    March 3, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. WJS

    Ohhh – where to start. Our National Zookeeper at OPM. Must... bite... tongue...

    March 3, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Janine

    lol. I can't help but think that Obama is trying to send the government a message.

    March 3, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. OzarksWisdom

    This is Obama's first correct decision since entering office. Given his track record so far, that probably means he's done for 2009...

    March 3, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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