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

Obama names Nat'l Zoo Director to oversee federal workforce

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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.

Click here to read the announcement on

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. John

    @Brian G. Stupid Land TX:

    Federal workers "underperform at overmarket wages?"

    I think you mean bank CEOs and Wall Street tycoons, right?

    March 3, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Van

    A lot of people I see didn't read the article.

    The guy worked in the Department of the Interior, and has a Master's in Public Administration at Syracuse University. Do some research people.

    March 3, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Jan Illinois

    Mr. President, This has to be your vengeance, it's just to good to be anything less. That's a good one!!!

    March 3, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Ha ha ha. To reform human behavior? The oval is the best place to start.

    March 3, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Mike - Houston

    I find his OFFENSIVE. This guy was the zoo director. Does Obama think that federal employees are animals?

    I demand a retraction, an apology. This is OUTRAGEOUS.

    March 3, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. stillsupportspresident

    Is there are particular reason why so many stupid comments have to be posted after every ticker? Aren't there any Americans left who have some kind of pride to want to portray nothing less than intelligence? Ok, I see Obama was right in his address to Congress on the portion regarding education.

    March 3, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. Meredith

    I LOVE IT! The title says it all, Zoo Director to manage federal workforce. Finally, someone realizes that it would take a zoo director to run the zoo Obama is creating. Hahahahahahaha. I'm crying I am laughing so hard...

    March 3, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Fan of Common Sense

    This one is just TOO EASY!!!

    March 3, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. joy

    How funny! CNN you just made my day! (laughing~~~~)

    March 3, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Proud American

    Republicans and their hate are such Idiots. I'm willing to bet each one has cheated their government of their taxes. So honest and uptight. God you just got to love them.

    March 3, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. John G

    I hope this one paid his taxes at least

    March 3, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. KJ

    If you fools would put down your snark pens for just one minute, you might learn that this man has a long record in the business world, and is known for his effective management of organizations large and small.

    Don't be such idiots!

    March 3, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. texas teacher

    Not just the zoo, bozos... did you read the article or NOT? Really.... I guess NOT.. otherwise you would not make such a stupid comment had you done so! I'm really getting tired of these lame Republican comments!

    March 3, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    Aaa.... a texas teacher making a stupid republican comment about being able to criticize the President.... you are so NOT the Texas Teacher... come on.... find a name that suits you.... like Conservative Republican Teacher! Barf... when you have nothing to say... you try to take someone else's name? Really? *LOL* The Texas Teacher would NEVER say that it is okay to critcize this president... NOT after the crap from Bush/Cheney that NO ONE dare Criticize... seriously.... 🙁

    March 3, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Texas Teacher

    NOW this is NOT the texas teacher... this is bozo Republican lame foot texas teacher.... can't you think of ANYTHING other than MY ID? Pffft.... ignorance abounds! AND... you LOST... Oh, come on.... this is Sarah Palin... no one else could be so ignorant! *LOL*

    texas teacher NOT March 3rd, 2009 6:58 pm ET

    @One Nation under God

    You are so full of crap. You sound like you are about ready to cry. We have every righ :(t to criticize this President the way you and liberal lefties tried to wish for defeat in Iraq. You don't want to admit it now, but you can't change history. Democrats ran on failure in Iraq. However, we won. Too bad for the Democrats, because they look like fools.

    March 3, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Penny Lane

    I wonder if he planned this irony. This is perfect: Now if he can run that zoo, he should be able to run this zoo. Right? Very funny indeed. The only problem now is... what about all the rest of the zoos? Who will run those? Maybe the zoo Czar can endorse other zoo keepers, train them in the banking business, auto industry, education administration...

    March 3, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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