Elaine D. Kaplan

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Elaine Kaplan
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Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims
Assumed office
November 6, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Christine Miller
Director of the Office of Personnel Management
In office
April 13, 2013 – November 4, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by John Berry
Succeeded by Katherine Archuleta
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Binghamton University
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 Binghamton University. 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 1984-98, 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.[citation needed]

From 2003-04, she served as office counsel at the law firm of Bernabei and Katz. From 2004-09, she served as Senior Deputy General Counsel at the NTEU. From 2009-13, 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.[citation needed]


Kaplan is open about her lesbian identity.[4]

Claims Court service[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.[2]

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.[5] Her nomination was confirmed on September 17, 2013, by a vote of 64 ayes to 35 nays.[6] She took the oath of office from Chief Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith on November 6, 2013.[7]


  1. ^ "Kathleen McGettigan". Opm.gov. 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims". whitehouse.gov. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ "President Obama Nominates Open Lesbian to Serve on U.S. Court of Federal Claims | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Home | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". Judiciary.senate.gov. 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 1st Session". Senate.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 

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

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