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OHA launches Presidential Appointment Project

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has launched an initiative aimed at increasing the level of Native Hawaiian representation among presidential appointees.

OHA developed its Presidential Appointment Project after months of consultation with the White House, and studying similar presidential appointment initiatives developed by other organizations.

Presidential appointee positions make up more than 5,000 critical jobs in the federal government, ranging from senior executives to junior staff.

These appointees play an important role in determining the direction of a presidential administration, including its progress on matters of importance to Native Hawaiians.

“As long as presidential appointees have the power to make decisions that affect our people and our land, it is important for Native Hawaiians to be represented among them,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamanaopono Crabbe. “We look forward to building a pipeline for Native Hawaiians to serve in this and future presidential administrations.”

OHA’s Presidential Appointment Project will encourage Native Hawaiian participation by:

* Raising awareness among Native Hawaiians about the presidential appointment process, and what kinds of opportunities come with this type of public service

* Receiving credentials from interested Native Hawaiians through OHA’s online “talent bank”

* Informing the White House about the best qualified Native Hawaiians who have submitted their information to OHA’s talent bank.

Interested Native Hawaiians can learn more by viewing the FAQ and other information provided on presidential appointments at www.oha.org

For those who are ready and willing to serve, they may submit their qualifications through OHA’s online talent bank. In addition to the resources provided by OHA, candidates can learn more by visiting www.apply.whitehouse.gov

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