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 About Us

The Department of the Navy is one of the most complex organizations in the federal government. It is comprised of more than 20 Navy Commands and Organizations, the United States Marine Corps and secretariat organization. The Department of the Navy civilian workforce is among the most technically savvy and talented — more than half of the workforce includes highly technical engineers, logisticians, mathematicians, and information technology and acquisition specialists.

The Office of Civilian Human Resources aims to ensure that the Department of the Navy has the right people in the right place at the right time. This office is responsible for developing civilian policies and programs for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. The office also delivers HR services and support to all of the Department of the Navy organizations and its more than 195,000 civilian employees in the more than 500 different occupations.

 Civilian HR Leadership

Catherine L. Kessmeier is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) and Acting Assistant Secretary (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) (M&RA) for the Department of the Navy (DON). In this role, she is responsible for the overall supervision and oversight of manpower and reserve component affairs of the Department of the Navy, including the development of programs and policy related to military personnel (active, reserve, retired), their family members and the civilian workforce; the and oversight of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Sexual Assault Prevention Program Office, and Human Resources systems within the Department. Prior to her appointment as the Acting Assistant Secretary, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, advising the Assistant Secretary in exercising the entire portfolio responsible for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Garry Newton is the Interim Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Civilian Human Resources (DASN (CHR)). He is the senior advisor to the Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) of the Navy on policies and programs impacting the entire civilian workforce.

Denise Szelag is the Deputy Director, Office of Civilian Human Resources. She assists the DASN (CHR) in accomplishing OCHR"s broad mission, to include advice on matters pertaining to the development and execution of corporate plans and management.

Dr. Andrew Jones is the Director, HR Policy and Programs. He is responsible for managing the development and delivery of civilian human resources management policy for the Department of the Navy (DON) enterprise, directing implement of strategies and assessment of policies, programs and activities required to attract, train, and retain a civilian workforce of quality, quantity and diversity for the DON.

Lisa Jox is the Director, HR Operations. She is responsible for the five OCHR Operations Centers located in California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington charged with filling Navy and Marine Corps' vacancies and executing personnel actions.

Marcie McLaughlin is the Director, HR Systems and Analytics. She is the technical authority and leader for all civilian HR systems, data analytics to include the full compendium of development, delivery and operations. She provides policy development and program management, oversight and direction for the DON civilian HR systems and infrastructure for OCHR and its HR delivery structure.

 Did you know?

There are about 200,000 DON civilian employees working for the Department of the Navy – the size of the top Fortune 500 companies

There are more than 558 occupations – from accounting to zoology

More than 50,000 of the civilians are engineers and world-class scientists/researchers

About ~57,000 civilians hold bachelor’s degrees; ~27,000 have master’s degrees and ~4,400 are PhDs

More than 35,000 civilians are blue collar artisans

Nearly 7,000 civilians work in the medical community.

Veterans comprise more than half of the civilian workforce