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Office of Human Resource Management (OHRM)

Support the Department's strategic goals and program objectives by ensuring the recruitment and retention of a highly skilled workforce as well as to promote a competency-based and results-oriented performance culture.

Anita R. Adkins

Acting Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Human Resource Management

Ms. Anita R. Adkins currently serves as the Acting Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has occupied this position since October 2021. More...

Allen Hatcher

Acting Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Human Resource Management

Allen Hatcher currently serves as the Acting Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). More...

Our Goals Are To:

  • Build Future Leaders
  • Leverage Technology to Improve the Delivery of HR Support
  • Support USDA Programs’ Human Capital Requirements
  • Provide Sound Human Resource Policy Guidance
Executive Resources Management Division

The Executive Resources Management Division (ERMD) oversees HR policies and programs for Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior Level/Scientific or Professional (SL/ST), Senior Science and Technology Service (SSTS), excepted service positions, and political appointments across USDA. ERMD also manages the Secretary’s Executive Resources Board and USDA’s Performance Review Board; works closely with the Secretary’s Office on various executive policy initiatives; and serves as the liaison between the Office of Personnel Management OPM, Office of Management and Budget OMB, and other Federal Departments affecting executive-level employees.

Human Resources Operations

The Human Resources Operations Division provides human resources services, including classification, recruitment and placement, pay and compensation,  personnel action processing, performance management; employee benefits; awards and recognition; eOPF recordkeeping, and personnel security to non-executive and non-political employees to all staff offices under Departmental Administration, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Budget and Program Analysis, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Communications, Office of the General Counsel, and the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.

Employee Relations

The Employee Relations Branch provides employee relations advice, guidance and assistance to employees, managers and supervisors on employee performance and conduct matters, and administrative grievances.  The Branch also administers the Drug Free Workplace Program, Reasonable Accommodation Program, and the Personnel Misconduct Investigation Program. 

Human Resources Policy

The Policy Division administers human resources policy pertaining to pay, leave, performance management, employee recognition and awards programs, employment, classification, position management, organization, safety, worker’s compensation program, special retirement coverage for firefighter and law enforcement officer positions, delegations of authority, transit subsidy program and federal employee retirement and benefits programs.  The Division provides policy guidance and coordination on a variety of management initiatives and serves as liaison with USDA agencies, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget, and other Departments.  The Policy Division monitors human capital management by analyzing compliance with merit systems principles, identifying and reporting on necessary improvements, and monitoring corrective actions.

Human Resources Enterprise Systems Management

The mission of Human Resources Enterprise Systems Management is to lead and manage strategic alignment of HR systems resources to support faster decision making, more effective workforce management, and improve resource alignment with agency missions. HRESM team is also charged with taking HR business strategy and then defining information technology systems architecture to support and execute that strategy.

Labor Relations

The goal of the Labor Relations Branch is to promote the development and growth of collaborative Labor-Management relationships, and provide accurate and comprehensive guidance that will empower Management to make informed decisions as labor challenges arise. Pursuant to delegations of authority, the Labor Relations Branch provides expert advice, technical guidance, training, and policy to the Department, Mission Areas, Agencies, and Staff Offices concerning labor-management and labor relations matters arising under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 71, et seq. (“the Statute”) and the national unions representing employees in collective bargaining units across USDA Agencies and Staff Offices.

Office of Human Resource Management
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20250