President Biden has nominated Rob Shriver to become deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

If confirmed by the Senate, Shriver would be OPM’s first deputy director since Michael Rigas, who left in January 2021. Shriver thanked the President in a LinkedIn post, and said he was “honored to be nominated by President Biden for the OPM deputy director position.”

Currently, Shriver serves as OPM’s associate director of employee services. He has played a key role in developing telework and remote work policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as what he called a “different type of work environment” than the one that existed in March 2020.

“I think where the Federal government is now is looking at remote work from that strategic perspective,” Shriver said in March. “We need to stay competitive with the private sector to recruit and retain top talent, and we’re not going to be able to do that if we just go back to the way things were prior to the pandemic.”

“We want to get out of that mindset that remote work or telework is a privilege and it’s only for the top performers,” he added. “It is an important strategic workforce tool. We need to embrace it.”

During the Obama-Biden administration, Shriver also held multiple roles at OPM. He initially served as deputy general counsel and then as assistant director for National Healthcare Operations. During his time at OPM, he was part of the White House team that implemented the Affordable Care Act.

Before re-joining OPM, Shriver worked for IdeaCrew, Inc., an IT firm specializing in health benefit exchange technology. He also served as the director of marketplace innovation, policy, and operations at the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX).

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.