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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

Gregory J. Slavonic is Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA)

Robert L. Woods is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) and he is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary in executing responsibilities 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 tracking of the contractor workforce; and the oversight of Human Resources systems within the Department.

Paige Hinkle-Bowles is Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Civilian Human Resources (DASN (CHR)). She 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. She also serves as the Director of the Office of Civilian Human Resources, an Echelon 2 Command comprised of five HR Operations Centers and headquarters employing more than 1,000 employees. As the Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of civilian policies and programs and provides guidance to the Department of the Navy human resources leadership.

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.

Sandra Ringer Mendoza is the Director, HR Policy and Programs. She 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.

 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