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DCPAS Leadership Team

Ms. Deborah Ray Deputy Director

Ms. Deborah Ray

Deputy Director

Ms. Deborah Ray is currently serving as Acting Deputy Director at Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service. Her responsibilities include executive management in the development and oversight of civilian human resource plans, policies, and programs for more than 900,000 defense employees worldwide. Her efforts result in impacts to critical and time sensitive strategic matters encompassing the full spectrum of Human Capital Management.

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Technical Director

 

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Mr. Henry Smith

Chief of Staff

Mr. Henry Smith is the Chief of Staff. As a strategist and senior advisor, his responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations for nearly 400 geographically dispersed DCPAS personnel who deliver innovative policies, technical and consultative services, training, and operational support for more than 950,000 defense employees worldwide. In addition, he plans and directs all administrative and operational activities for the Director. Mr. Smith implements and ensures the timely execution of programs and initiatives, which include strategic communications, HR solutions, process improvements, and the management of high-visibility projects, issuances, and directives.

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Mr. Dexter Burnam

Director, Enterprise Solutions and Integration

Mr. Dexter Burnam is the Director of Enterprise Solutions and Integration (ESI). He serves as the functional portfolio manager and system integrator for the Department of Defense’s Civilian Human Resources Management (CHRM) IT systems. Mr. Burnam also provides enterprise strategic solutions that support approximately 950,000 defense employees worldwide through business process re-engineering, process improvement, and system integration.

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Ms. Kelly Cruz

Director, Employment and Compensation

Ms. Kelly Cruz is responsible for the oversight of Classification, Compensation, Recruiting, Staffing, and Workforce Restructuring policies and programs for DCPAS.

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Mr. Howard Ferguson

Director, Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian Program Office

Mr. Howard R. Ferguson is the Director, Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOD-EC) Program Office, and the strategic advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy on matters pertaining to expeditionary civilian support of the National Defense Strategy.

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Ms. Carly Hall

Director, Defense Executive Resources Management Office

Ms. Carly Hall serves as Director, Defense Executive Resources Management Office. In this capacity, she is responsible for policies and programs affecting the civilian Senior Executive workforce within the Military Departments, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Defense Agencies. Program and policies include talent management, development, performance management, workforce planning, staffing, compensation, and utilization.

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Mr. James Buchman.

Mr. James Buchman

Director, Talent Development

Mr. Jim Buchman is currently serving as Acting Chief Learning Officer/Director of Talent Development and as Chief, DoD Leader Development Programs with the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service (DCPAS). In this capacity, he oversees planning and execution of the Department’s Career and Professional Development and Human Resources Functional Community portfolios, as well as its enterprise civilian leader development programs. The latter include the Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program (DCELP), Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), Defense Senior Leader Development Program (DSLDP), White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP), and Vanguard Senior Executive Development Program.

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Ms. Taiwanna Smith

Director, Benefits, Wage and Nonappropriated Fund Policy

Ms. Taiwanna Smith serves as Director, Benefits, Wage, and Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Policy. In this capacity, she supports 950,000 DOD Appropriated and NAF employees worldwide by facilitating the development and oversight of Human Resources benefits, work-life, wage, and NAF employment policy and vital programs to the civilian workforce. Ms. Smith has extensive Federal experience and has held a multitude of Human Resource leadership positions within DOD.

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Ms. Laura “Lex” Stanley

Director, Labor and Employee Relations

Ms. Laura “Lex” Stanley serves as the Director, Labor & Employee Relations. She leads a senior Human Resources Specialists team that delivers innovative policies, advisory and consultative services, training, and operational support for the Department of Defense and its more than 900,000 civilian employees worldwide.

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Mr. Darby Wiler

Director, Planning and Accountability

Mr. Darby Wiler is the Director (Acting) of the Planning and Accountability Directorate. Mr. Wiler is a retired Marine, is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School's Manpower System Analysis curriculum, and served as the Marine Corps' Officer Inventory Planner and Officer Promotion Planner before his retirement

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