2019 Government Innovation Awards
Rising Star: Kevin E. Brisley
Manpower Analyst / Senior Human Resources Manager, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Systems Directorate, U.S. Transportation Command
The U.S. Transportation Command made major organizational changes in 2018, particularly in the Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Systems Directorate, which leads the organization’s cybersecurity, big-data and cloud initiatives. Those changes significantly altered the directorate’s workforce needs, and Kevin Brisley’s leadership has been essential to adapting to those changing needs.
His efforts were both tactical and strategic. In the absence of a branch chief, he stepped up to provide administrative and program support leadership and ensured that ongoing recruiting efforts and manpower change requests stayed on course. He also drove wholesale organizational structure analysis and orchestrated dozens of policy and operational changes to ensure that the directorate is properly staffed for today’s missions.
Superiors praised Brisley’s critical thinking and risk management skills throughout the process and pointed to measurable manpower results. Reviews driven by Brisley resulted in the creation of 10 new data positions, and the vacancy rate for civilian positions — which had been as high as 53% — has dropped to 24%.
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