Job Overview


The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, and program evaluation responsibilities. OSD includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Under Secretaries of Defense, Assistant Secretaries of Defense, General Counsel, and the Director of Administration and Management.

  • This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders.  SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations.
  • As an executive you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.
  • The incumbent serves as the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense in his role as the Presidential Designee for The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCACA), 42 U.S.C. 1973ff.  The Act covers the voting rights of all members of the Uniformed Services, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps,  the Commissioned Corps of the  Public Health Service (PHS) and all U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. 
  • This position serves under the authority and direction of the Director, Defense Human Resources Agency (DHRA):


  • The Director, FVAP establishes, develops, and directs the DoD Voting Assistance Program and provides policy guidance to the DoD components and partners with the components to provide training and facilitate their voting assistance programs.
  • The Director develops and prescribes the official Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, including secrecy envelopes and mailing envelops for such ballot, for the use of elections for Federal Office by overseas voters.
  • Serves as the liaison to State Chief Election Officers and works closely with their professional organizations, such as the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), to consult and ensure that officials are aware of the requirements of UOCAVA.  The Director also works closely with professional election organizations, such as the Election Center, and is responsible for building strong, working relationships with these organizations and their individual members.
  • The Director implements and administers the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to ensure Congressional intent and compliance with the specific provisions are carried out to enable all citizens to register at armed forced recruitment offices.
  • The Director deals with officials in foreign governments and at all levels of federal, state, and local governments, both elected and appointed, as well as executives in major U.S. and multi-national corporations, executives of political parties, candidates for elected offices, the general public, and Service Members, their families, and all U.S. citizens residing outside of the U.S.  The political and operational sensitivities in dealing with these different and diverse constituencies vary according to the nature and complexity of the subject matter.