Military Pay Branch Chief

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Posted by: Department of Health and Human Services on Apr 01, 2019


Rockville, MD

Job Description:

The Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness (DCCPR) is located within the Office of the Surgeon General. DCCPR provides oversight and management for over 6,500 Unites States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps (Corps) officers distributed throughout the United States in various Agencies. The mission of the Corps is protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation. As America’s uniformed service of public health professionals, the Commissioned Corps achieves this mission through:
• Leadership and excellence in public health practice
• The advancement of public health science
• Rapid and effective response to public health needs
Key components in the management of the Corps by DCCPR include recruitment, assignments, promotions, awards, training, readiness and deployment, and administrative activities including medical reviews, payroll, travel and policy.

The position is located in the Compensation Branch within the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness (DCCPR), Office of the Surgeon General (OSG). DCCPR provides the administrative, policy and operational management of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The Compensation Branch (CB) provides comprehensive payroll services to active duty PHS Commissioned Corps Officers, retirees, annuitants, and former spouses. Total annual payments exceed $1 Billion to nearly 13,000 payees. Payees are in every state as well as throughout the world. The CB also provides survivor benefit, verifies retirement eligibility, and processes/approves retirement actions.

The incumbent serves as the Branch Chief, Compensation Branch, responsible for managing and overseeing the uniformed services payroll functions practices, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Specific duties include:
• Providing administrative management and direction relating to all compensation and retirement matters affecting Commissioned Corps Officers, retirees, and annuitants;
• Initiating necessary checks, balances and standards to insure proper control on payroll data processing throughout the total process.
• Identifying and implementing methods to eliminate or reduce significant bottlenecks to meet quality standards and improve business practices.
• Providing leadership and overall direction and guidance to Branch staff, planning, coordinating, and overseeing work assignments, special projects and priorities.
• Approving leave, evaluates performance, and provides guidance and direction to staff.
• Reviewing and interpreting compensation/payroll-related policy and conducts analysis of Corps compensation data.
• Under direction of the Policy Group Director, prepare written materials summarizing compensation/payroll-related policy content and impact of updates/revisions.
• Drafting responses to inquiries from Congress and other Agencies.
• Providing compensation operational and policy briefings and recommendations concerning short and long range plans, to top levels of management in the HHS, OSG and PHS.
• Serving as a primary technical representative to internal and external organizations (e.g., Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation; VA Retired Pay and Benefit meetings; Office of the Secretary of Defense Director of Compensation policy meeting; Joint Service Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) meetings; DOD Office of Health Affairs health professions special pay working groups)

• Knowledge and experience with military payroll and retirement benefits processes.
• Knowledge of extensive and diverse military/uniform pay regulations, operations, and procedures governing a wide variety of types of related transactions to resolve nonstandard transactions, complaints, or discrepancies, provide advice, or perform other work that requires authoritative procedural knowledge.
• Knowledge and understanding of Federal policies, guidelines, and best practices addressing administrative and technical activities supporting program activities’
• Knowledge and experience with payroll and/or accounting systems used in the processing of payroll.
• Experience working with military/uniform based agencies (i.e. Department of Defense, Coast Guard, etc.).
• Experience with leading and developing teams with various degrees of experience and expertise.

For additional information, please contact:
Ruth Roman
(240) 453-6028

Education Level:

High school or ged

Pay Rate:

Over $100,000

Security Clearance:


Travel Requirements:


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