As President Donald Trump and his team are working around the clock to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, one top official is leaving their post.
In a move that reportedly came as a shock to White House officials, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Dale Cabaniss is resigning.
Cabaniss’ departure comes amid “internal conflicts” and leaves “a void atop a sprawling agency that oversees the federal workforce.”
“OPM has received the resignation of OPM Director Dale Cabaniss,” a spokesperson confirmed in a statement, according to Politico. “OPM Deputy Director Michael Rigas is [now] Acting Director, Office of Personnel Management.”
Cabaniss’ sudden resignation was first reported by Politico, which cited two unnamed sources said to be “familiar with the matter” in alleging that the OPM chief stepped down due to “poor treatment from the 29-year-old head of the Presidential Personnel Office, John McEntee, and a powerful appointee at OPM, Paul Dans, the new White House liaison and senior adviser to the director of OPM.”
Those claims have not been confirmed by government officials, however.
The outlet’s sources, however, claim that McEntee, a former Trump campaign staffer who recently joined the White House staff roster, has been working to stock the administration with staffers who are loyal to the president — including some young faces.
Dans, meanwhile, drew criticism from career officials when he was appointed as OPM’s White House liaison — a crucial post for which Dans has been accused of lacking the necessary experience, according to Politico. The outlet noted that Dans was also accused of bringing “some kind of agenda” to the job, which is generally focused on moving personnel around where needed and filling political vacancies with qualified appointees.
As one Politico source put it, “He’s upsetting all kinds of apple carts without any basis of knowledge.”
Cabaniss’ departure comes as OPM, which serves as a sort of human resources department for the federal government, is currently managing sudden and drastic changes brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Questions are currently mounting, Politico reported, “about the Trump administration’s decision to keep most government offices open and how it is handling remote work.”
All of this comes as the Trump administration is working to combat the spread of coronavirus.
This week, two members of Congress announced that they tested positive for having the coronavirus that originated out of China.
Utah Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams and Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart announced that they have self-quarantined since he tested positive for the coronavirus.
The White House has taken a slew of actions to combat the virus.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said his department is making 5 million N95 masks available to health workers, including 1 million immediately, and freeing up 2,000 ventilators from its stockpile.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the administration is planning to send checks to Americans in two weeks to help workers cope with the economic effects of the crisis.
Trump has suspended all travel from the European Union as well as the U.K. and Ireland.
The president also declared a national emergency last weekend.
A major report out of South Korea should also give hope to the United States during this crisis.