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Lynn C. Simpson

Chief of Staff for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
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Lynn  C. Simpson

Ms. Lynn Simpson became a career member of the Senior Executive Service in August 2008 when named the Director of Human Capital and Resource Management for the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In April 2010, she was assigned to perform the duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (P&R). She brings executive level leadership and oversight to Human Capital Management within the OUSD (P&R). She effectively implements Human Capital initiatives and leads human capital management improvements within the OUSD (P&R) including increased focus on SES lifecycle management, proactive management and development of the workforce, and attracting and retraining a high performing workforce.

Ms. Simpson has been a federal civil service employee since 1985. Prior to her executive appointment, she was Director of Administration for the OUSD (P&R) where she transformed customer service delivery to the OUSD (P&R) employees and streamlined processes for security management, human resource recruitment, financial management, and administration and management services. Prior to returning to the Department of Defense in June 2007, Ms. Simpson served as an Executive in the Department of Health and Human Services as the Office of the Secretary Executive Officer. She served the Secretary and his staff organizations by providing critical assistance on resource management, budget and financial services, human resources, administration and management, information management, equal employment opportunity, and project management. Through an exceptional combination of skills, she led the organization to provide centralized, cost-effective service delivery to client organizations and provided solutions to their business requirements.

Ms. Simpson is an accomplished public service professional with extensive leadership and change transformation expertise in two Executive Departments and the Legislative Branch. She is known for her understanding of administration and management issues in the context of the strategic mission of the organization, which ultimately deliver specific services to citizens, stakeholders, and internal government customers.

Ms. Simpson earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from the American University in the Key Executive Program in Washington, D.C and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society Public Administration, the American Society for Public Administration and the Senior Executive Association. Her awards include the Secretary of HHS Exceptional Civilian Service Award, Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award, Secretarys Award for Distinguished Service; Special Act Awards, and the OIG Employee of the year.

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