WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s shake-up at the Department of Veterans Affairs will also have a significant effect on the Pentagon’s personnel office, just as military officials head into the heart of Capitol Hill budget planning work for next year.
But the shift also means another leadership change for the military personnel office, where Wilkie has served as the permanent leader only since November.
Much like the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has now seen six different secretaries or acting officials in charge since 2014, the personnel and readiness office is now on its sixth different leader since March 2015. Wilkie’s senior adviser — Stephanie Barna — was the latest to assume the role when he moved to VA last week.
Pentagon spokesman Maj. Dave Eastburn said no additional personnel are being brought in to the office to make up for Wilkie’s absence, and department officials are not anticipating any interruptions in the agency’s work because of the change.
“Several currently serving personnel will temporarily serve in the front office here at the Pentagon,” he said.