Thomas Mulhern

Director of Human Resources, US Department of the Interior

Thomas Mulhern a career Federal human resources executive, currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for the United States Department of the Interior, (DOI). In this position he provides overall strategic guidance support, compliance and consultative human resources support and assistance to the DOI’s 70,000 people workforce and 11 Bureaus and the Office of the Secretary. Mr. Mulhern is currently leading the DOI’s efforts in several human resource strategic initiatives to include implementation of a new workforce planning model for all DOI Bureau offices to help guide the Department’s management of resources in anticipation of resource constraints.  He is also leading several new technology initiatives to enhance human resource service delivery.  Mr. Mulhern serves as a Department representative on several activities in support of the United States Office of Personnel Management, Chief Human Capital Officer’s and Presidents Management Council initiatives and activities.
Prior to DOI, Mr. Mulhern served roles with the Department of Homeland Security, as the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Administrative Appeals Officer for the Transportation Security Administration. Mr. Mulhern also served as the Director of Employee and Labor Relations for the Department of Justice United States Marshals Service. Mr. Mulhern entered federal service as a as a Presidential Management Intern. 
Mr. Mulhern has participated in several national speaking engagements on such topics as:  The changing role of HR in the federal government post 911; new roles for HR professionals; Using Outcome Based Metrics for Performance Management; and New Approaches in Resolving Employee’s Problems in the Workplace. He has developed a leadership/accountability model of resolving employee workplace problems using both rights and interest based approaches.  He has made presentations before the Federal Personnel Management Institute, the Federal Dispute Resolution Conference, International Personnel Management Association, and the Public Administration Forum. He is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Labor and Industrial Relations, has negotiated several national collective bargaining agreements, and is certified in both facilitation and mediation.

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