Office of Human Resources Management

The Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) implements Government-wide and Departmental policies, employee programs, and activities in all aspects of human resources management and administration.

Within the Department of Commerce, OHRM is located in the Office of the Secretary, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration. 

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Office of Human Resources Accountability

The Office of Accountability (OA) serves as the central office for audits and human capital program evaluations. Our audits and evaluations focus on effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance with merit system principles, laws, and regulations, and Departmental and Bureau-specific policies and procedures. The OA also serves as the focal point for the Department’s Human Capital Operating Plan which...


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Brief History

Prior to May 25, 2008, three human resources (HR) offices existed: International Trade Administration (ITA), Office of the Secretary (OS), and the Economic Development Administration (EDA), servicing approximately 3,000 employees located in the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) and 500 off site employees within the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) located at 1441 L. Street NE. As part of the...


Resources are available for both the human resources community and employees as tools for obtaining information to assist in the performance of duties as well as of overall interest. this section contains links to all of the Department Administrative Orders (DAOs), Department Organization Orders (DOOs); Department of Commerce (CD) Forms; Employee Surveys; policy Handbooks; and Human Resources...