Out lesbian attorney
Elaine Kaplan was appointed as general counsel of the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday. An official
announcement from the White House is due shortly.
Kaplan began her legal
career in the solicitor's office of the Department of
Labor, first in the employee benefits division, and later in
the division of special appellate and Supreme Court litigation,
according to a statement by OPM.
Most recently, she
served as senior deputy general counsel for the National
Treasury Employees Union, which represents more than 150,000
federal employees nationwide. In this position and during her
initial tenure with NTEU from 1984 to 1998, she litigated and
supervised the litigation of cases at all levels of the federal
Kaplan joined other
federal workers to confront then-incoming Bush administration
appointee Scott Bloch, who succeeded her in the Office of
Special Counsel. According to the
Kaplan argued publicly with Bloch, who held that existing civil
service laws did not protect gays against job
Kaplan will work under
John Berry, the incoming director of OPM, who is also openly
gay. Berry's nomination awaits Senate