Human Resources Director in the White House.
pic.twitter.com/nLjx1fD8dw — Dan Balz (@danbalz) February 23, 2021 The White House, as it does, is currently scrambling to find a new Human Resources director after an administration that has already lost several senior leaders.
The White Houses human resources department is now searching for a new human resources director following the resignation of two other senior officials, as well as a number of high-profile departures over the past month.
One of the former officials, former Deputy Human Resources Commissioner Michael Houghton, resigned last month.
Another, Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Pappas, was fired on Monday, after nearly two years on the job.
Houghson resigned from his position as the deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management last month following the revelation that she sent thousands of confidential taxpayer information requests to the Office for Personnel Management.
The ombudsman, which investigates workplace harassment and retaliation, also announced that Pappatas will be investigated for allegedly retaliating against her predecessor, former Director of Human Resources Jen Psaki, in an investigation that has been ongoing since February 2017.
Psaki resigned in May 2017.
Pappakis, who also previously worked as the executive director of HR at the Federal Aviation Administration, also resigned from her position as Deputy Director of Personnel at the FAA last month, after receiving more than 500,000 taxpayer information request requests.
A spokesperson for the White Houses Human Resources Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the resignation or for Pappachis actions.
Psakis was previously the deputy commissioner of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, a job she held from December 2017 to March 2018.
A former employee told The Washington Post that she had received a series of emails from Psaki in which she called her former supervisor and told her that she was leaving the agency.
“She called her boss and told him she was quitting,” the former employee said.
“I felt really hurt and violated and that I shouldn’t have to go through this.
And she went to my boss and she told him that.”
Psaki also allegedly told her former boss that she would be leaving for another job.
“If I was not in the HR job, she would have left the agency,” the employee said, referring to Psaki.
“He told her she had to leave.
And he told her I would be working with her in another job.”
Psakis did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.
Human Resources and Personnel officials have denied that any inappropriate actions were taken against Pappahis.
The agency also said that Psaki was removed from her previous position in order to ensure a new person would be appointed to the position, according to The Hill.
Psakis spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the resignation was part of a “deliberative process” and that she resigned for personal reasons, not because of any misconduct.
She did not return multiple requests from the Washington Post for comment.
The Trump administration has faced a series the resignation and firing of senior officials in the past few months, with several former White House officials and administration officials leaving in recent weeks.
On Friday, Trump fired White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who had been the administration’s first female chief of staff.
She was also ousted from her job as chief of the press office, the agency’s top position.
Earlier in February, the administration announced that President Trump’s first chief of Staff, John Kelly, would step down from his role, effective immediately.
Kelly, who served under former President George W. Bush, had previously been a chief of protocol and the White house press secretary for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.