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DHS Human Resources Chief to Retire in August

DHS CHCO Jeff Neal, Photo: DHS.gov

Department of Homeland Security Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal announced he will retire in August, according to a Federal News Radio report.

The 31-year-veteran of government service announced in a staff email he will step down Aug. 3.

“I would not trade my experience for anything,” Neal wrote in the email, which was obtained by Federal News Radio. “My career has been rewarding and I have had opportunities I would never have dreamed of.”

He thanked DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, along with a host of other agency officials, in addition to the White House, the Office of Personnel Management and fellow federal CHCOs.

Napolitano appointed DHS’s human-resources chief in 2009, where he has been instrumental in implementing hiring reform at the agency, Federal News Radio reports. He previously served in various roles roles at the Defense Logistics Agency and the Commerce Department.

Vicki Brooks, the agency’s deputy CHCO, will likely replace Neal at least on an interim basis, Federal News Radio reports.

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