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Breakout Moderator Biography

Janice R. Lachance
Office of Personnel Management

Janice R. Lachance is the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). She was sworn-in as Director by Vice President Al Gore on December 10, 1997, after a unanimous confirmation by the U. S. Senate on November 9.

Prior to becoming the agency's Director, Ms. Lachance was appointed OPM's Director of Communications in 1993 and its Director of Communications and Policy from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Lachance subsequently served as OPM's Chief of Staff from 1996 - 1997. She was appointed Deputy Director by President Clinton in August 1997 and served briefly in that position before assuming the position of Acting Director.

From 1987 until she came to OPM, Janice Lachance served as the Director of Communications and Political Affairs for the American Federation of Government Employees, AFLCIO, where she directed the political, media and public affairs programs for the nation's largest federal employee union. Her early career includes extensive Congressional experience, including Communications Director for Congressman Tom Daschle (D-SD), Administrative Assistant to Congresswoman Katie Hall (D-IN) and Staff Director and Counsel for the House Small Business Subcommittee on Antitrust and Restraint of Trade.

Born in Biddeford, Maine, Ms. Lachance holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, and a Law degree from Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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