Elaine D. Kaplan

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Elaine Kaplan
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Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 6, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Christine Miller
Director of the Office of Personnel Management
Acting
In office
April 13, 2013 – November 4, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Berry
Succeeded by Katherine Archuleta
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 59–60)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater State University of New York,
Binghamton

Georgetown University

Elaine Debra Kaplan (born 1955) is a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. She served as General Counsel of the United States Office of Personnel Management from 2009 to 2013, and as acting director of the office in 2013.

Early life and career[edit]

Kaplan was born in 1955, in Brooklyn, New York.[1] She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She received a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 1979, from the Georgetown University Law Center. She began her career as a staff attorney in the Solicitor's Office of the United States Department of Labor. From 1984 to 1998, she worked for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), with increasing levels of responsibility. In 1998, she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the head of the United States Office of Special Counsel and served five years in that position. From 2003 to 2004, she served as office counsel at the law firm of Bernabei and Katz. From 2004 to 2009, she served as Senior Deputy General Counsel at the NTEU. From 2009 to 2013, she was the General Counsel of the United States Office of Personnel Management.[2][3] Kaplan took the office of Acting Director in April 2013, after Director John Berry's four-year term expired.

Personal[edit]

Kaplan is open about her lesbian identity.[4]

Nomination to Claims Court[edit]

On March 19, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Kaplan to serve as a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, to the seat vacated by Judge Christine Odell Cook Miller.[5] The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on her nomination on May 8, 2013, and reported her nomination to the floor by voice vote on June 6, 2013.[6] Her nomination was confirmed on September 17, 2013, by a vote of 64 ayes to 35 nays.[7] She took the oath of office from Chief Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith on November 6, 2013.[8]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
John Berry
Director of the Office of Personnel Management
Acting

2013
Succeeded by
Katherine Archuleta
Legal offices
Preceded by
Christine Miller
Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims
2013–present
Incumbent