Donna K. Seymour
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Mrs. Donna K. Seymour serves as the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Office of Warrior Care Policy. She is a member of the Senior Executive Service for the Department of Defense, responsible for policy and oversight related to wounded, ill, and injured transitioning Service members.
Previously, Mrs. Seymour served as the Principal Director for Civilian Personnel Policy. Her responsibilities included human resources management policies affecting more than 900,000 civilian employees world-wide. She joined the Senior Executive Service in September 2007 and has more than 34 years of federal service.
In addition, Mrs. Seymour served as the Executive Director, Enterprise Human Resource Information Systems where she was responsible for providing Department-wide information technology solutions to meet the needs of 35,000 HR specialists, DoD civilian employees, and military and civilian managers and leaders.
Prior experience includes: Director, Logistics Planning and Innovation Division for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Fleet Readiness and Logistics); Acting Assistant for Administration and the Deputy Assistant for Administration to the Secretary of the Navy; and the Associate Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Policy Oversight at the Department of Transportation after serving as the Chief Information Officer at the Maritime Administration.
She began her federal career in 1978 and has concentrated primarily in the area of information technology, especially its ability to transform the workforce and business of the federal government, acquisition, financial management, and human resources management.
Mrs. Seymour holds a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science from George Mason University where she graduated with Honors and Distinction, and has completed graduate level courses in operations research and management sciences. In 2010, she was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy, and in 2007 was named as a Top 100 Chief Information Officer by Computerworld.
Director of Disability Evaluation Systems
Mr. Bret Stevens serves as the Director, Disability Evaluation Systems in the Office of Warrior Care Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). He is responsible for policy development and program oversight related to the Service Secretaries’ operation of the Disability Evaluation System. He also provides policy oversight for the Physical Disability Board of Review, a Congressionally-mandated disability appellate process for former Service members.
Prior to serving in his present position, Mr. Stevens served 28 years in the Air Force where he held leadership positions in a variety of base, joint and Air Force Headquarters-level assignments.
In 2007, he served as the interim Director, Personnel Program Management, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The Directorate’s 250+ military and civilian members managed a wide variety of programs covering the Air Force personnel “life cycle,” including accession, evaluation, promotion, separation, and retirement programs.
In 2006, he was Chief, United States Air Force Disability Division, the senior policymaker and program manager for the Air Force’s Disability Evaluation System affecting the retention, disability retirement or discharge of over 6,000 Airmen annually. In 2003, he became the President of the United States Air Force’s Formal Physical Evaluation Board where he conducted more than 2,500 for-the-record hearings for Airmen appealing their Informal Physical Evaluation Board disability determination.
In 2000, he was selected as Chief, Retirements and Separations Division, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, providing program oversight of all active duty retirements and separations. In 1996 he was selected to command the 62nd Mission Support Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, serving as the personnel advisor to the wing commander as well as the personnel program manager for the base’s more than 2,500 assigned Airmen and civilian personnel.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and four Air Force Meritorious Service medals.
Mr. Stevens received his Masters in Management from National University, and holds a Masters in Military Studies from Air War College and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University. His formal military education includes graduating from Air War College, Armed Forces Staff College, and Air Command and Staff College.