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Defense Human Resources Activity Gets New Director

July 14, 2014

Pamela Mitchell, who has served her entire career with the Defense Department as both a military officer and a senior civilian, has been appointed as director of the Defense Human Resources Agency.

In announcing the appointment, Jessica L. Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said Mitchell has a broad and diverse background and has served successfully in three Senior Executive Service positions.

“She has demonstrated her strong leadership skills and capability to effectively manage programs impacting the entire department,” Wright added. “Her experience within the DoD will be invaluable to this position.”

As director, Mitchell provides integrated analytical support on resource and long-range planning issues within DHRA, including providing leadership and direction for all organizational development, activities and manpower.

DHRA is responsible for:

-- General management and direction on a wide variety of human resource matters;

-- Budgetary support and management;

-- Guidance on civilian personnel policy, professional development programs and personnel security;

-- Program support in the benefits, readiness and force protection areas;

-- Management, research and analysis of manpower data;

-- Guidance on overall effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of personnel operations;

-- Guidance and information on common access card issuance and procedures;

-- Strategic direction of requirements related to language and regional expertise;

-- Oversight of the Defense Department’s capability to respond to the needs of victims of sexual assault; and

-- Operation, consolidation, and management of commercial travel for DoD.