MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems
Center's (BSC) Workforce Management (WFM) team received the Department of
the Navy (DON) Human Resources (HR) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Community Support - Team/Group award, April 24.
The award was part of the 2019 DON HR and EEO Community Awards for
Excellence, which are designed to recognize teams and individuals whose
contributions have resulted in exceptional impact or improvement to the
Navy's HR and EEO community.
Team members Diane Brown, Kevin Davis, Michael Kay, Juan Nunez, and Suzanne
Pierce received the award for their development, execution, and sustainment
of a new comprehensive information technology (IT) recruitment program that
allowed NAVSUP BSC to exceed hiring goals.
"When we evaluate nominees for this category, we are looking for development
of new or innovative programs, processes or initiatives that are in support
of the HR and EEO community," stated DON's HR and EEO Advisory Committee
members. "We viewed the recruitment process as a potential best practice
that could be replicated across other communities. The [WFM] team was
clearly not satisfied with the status quo but took the time to do a complete
overhaul of processes and materials, targeted who their partners were, and
did an impressive amount of outreach and collaboration to get the NAVSUP
name out there."
The WFM team evaluated turnover trends, resource allocations, and past
recruitments to identify and target recruitment effort shortfalls.
Focusing on recruitment efforts in the local and regional IT community, they
connected with nearly 350 potential candidates by attending more than 30
external recruiting events including community career fairs, veteran hiring
events, and university job fairs.
"Being able to talk with potential employees and answer questions at these
events was really valuable," said Kevin Davis, management analyst, NAVSUP
BSC. "It was an opportunity for us to share what the needs of NAVSUP BSC
were, what it's like working for the government, and job duties and
In addition to recruiting events, the team established collaborative
relationships with the Pennsylvania State University College of Information
Sciences and Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Institute for
Cyber Security, East Stroudsburg University Computer Science Department, and
Bloomsburg University Department of Mathematical and Digital Sciences.
These relationships paved the way for selection of 11 students to
participate in the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP), a program that
provides scholarships to students in pursuit of cyber-related degrees. In
return for scholarships, recipients agree to work for the government after
"The team's efforts in recruiting and forming relationships with
universities established a pipeline for current and future hiring of top
cyber and IT talent that will pay dividends at NAVSUP BSC for years to
come," said Donna Beers, director, business management and comptroller
department, NAVSUP BSC.
To aid student's transition to federal service at NAVSUP BSC, the WFM team
also developed a two-day orientation event allowing scholarship recipients
to meet with senior leadership and learn more about the mission and culture
of NAVSUP BSC and the Navy.
"The success of the inaugural cyber scholarship orientation event and best
practice recognition by the National Security Administration sealed the deal
for us," said the DON's HR and EEO Advisory Committee. "This was a prime
example of why we say hiring is a team sport. Success is not solely reliant
on HR professionals but takes a village to include our valued partners
external to the HR and EEO community."
The first five full-time CySP graduates, and six college juniors completing
their summer internships, are expected to begin work at NAVSUP BSC in June.
NAVSUP BSC provides the Navy with information systems support through the
design, development, and maintenance of systems in the functional areas of
logistics, supply chain management, transportation, finance, and accounting.
NAVSUP BSC is one of 11 commands under Commander, Navy Supply Systems
Command (NAVSUP). NAVSUP is headquartered in Mechanicsburg and employs a
diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian
personnel. NAVSUP's mission is to provide supplies, services, and
quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter.
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