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Gina S. Farrisee

Acting Chief of Staff

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Ms. Gina S. Farrisee assumed the duties of the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on May 9, 2016. She serves as an advisor to the Chief of Staff, Deputy Secretary, and Secretary on the development and implementation of department-wide policies, programs and the internal operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ms. Farrisee has a distinguished career as a leader in human resources management. Previously, Ms. Farrisee served as Assistant Secretary, Office of Human Resources and Administration (HR&A) at the VA. Ms. Farrisee directed an HR&A team of over 750 employees who supported more than 300,000 VA employees and 4,000 human resources professionals across the country. The HR&A team provided professional assistance in the areas of Administration, Human Resources Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Resolution Management, Labor-Management Relations, Human Capital Investment Plan Strategic Management, Veterans Employment Service, and Corporate Senior Executive Management. In addition, HR&A provided enterprise training through the VA Learning University. Prior to that, she served as VA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management.

As the Commanding General of the United States Army Human Resources Command (HRC), she provided leadership, operational and managerial oversight of more than 4,000 HRC employees who provided worldwide Human Resource services to a customer base of over 1 million people composed of Active and Reserve Soldiers, Veterans and family members including but not limited to human capital management, professional development, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, promotion boards, freedom of information requests, Department of Army awards and personnel systems. She led the Command in managing a complex, high-volume customer service and geographically dispersed service delivery network.

Ms. Farrisee was awarded numerous military decorations to include: The Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, The Defense Superior Service Medal and The Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters.

Ms. Farrisee is married to Colonel (retired) David G. Farrisee.


2013–2016 Assistant Secretary, Human Resources and Administration (HR&A)
2010–2012 Commanding General of the United States Army Human Resources Command (HRC), Fort Knox, Kentucky
2006–2010 Director, Military Personnel Management, Pentagon, Washington, DC.
2004–2006 Commanding General, Soldier Support Institute, Training and Doctrine Command, Department of the Army, Fort Jackson, South Carolina


Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, D.C

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.

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