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Office of Resolution Management, Diversity & Inclusion (ORMDI)


Press Package

Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access (I*DEA)

What if -- ultimately -- there were no distinction between the perception of “self” and that of “others.” Imagine if everyone felt welcomed, safe and included --A Peaceful co-existence. The Center for Creative Leadership found that diverse teams are more creative, perform better in problem-solving, and result in better decision-making than homogeneous teams. This session explores the concept of I*DEA and how we can apply these principles in our daily interactions with co-workers and Veterans to create a more inclusive VA.   

Meet Deputy Assistant Secretary
Harvey Johnson
Office of Resolution Management, Diversity, and Inclusion

DAS Harvey Johnson 2023

Mr. Harvey Johnson serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resolution Management, Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration / Operations, Security and Preparedness for the Veterans Affairs. He provides executive leadership to the Office of Resolution Management, Diversity and Inclusion, the

associated field offices and employees. In this capacity, he is responsible for formulating and implementing departmentwide policies and procedures to ensure the integrity, effectiveness, and impartiality of the complaint processing procedures within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Johnson is a seasoned executive leader in promoting race and gender equity, resolving conflict, building diverse and inclusive organizations, driving large scale organizational change, strategic planning and business transformation. 

Mr. Johnson joined the VA in November 2015. Previously he served as Director, Defense Travel Management Office where he led revolutionary transformation in travel policy, programs, contracts, and station and housing allowances for the Department of Defense (DoD).

A native of Philadelphia PA, Mr. Johnson’s career encompasses 33 years of service with the United States Army in the Infantry and Adjutant General Corps and as an executive with the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.


2015 – Present            Deputy Assistant Secretary, Resolution Management,                                              Diversity and Inclusion

2014 – 2015                Director, Defense Travel Management Office, DoD,                                                  Alexandria, VA

2012 – 2014                Acting Director, Defense Travel Management Office, DoD,                                        Alexandria, VA

2009 – 2012                Deputy Director, Defense Travel Management Office, DoD,                                      Alexandria, VA

2008 – 2009                Business Operations Officer, Defense Travel Management                                       Office, Ballston, VA

1988 – 2008                United States Army Officer


2020 Certified Life Coach, International Certified Coaches Alliance

2012 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA

1988 Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Morgan State University