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Mrs. Gail H. McGinn

Wrong Gail H. McGinn?



Employment History

  • Commander
    U.S. Army Community
  • Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation
    U.S. Army Community

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.A. , Psychology
  • Masters Degree , Education
    Boston University
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Gail McGinn
Gail steps in as Chairman of our Board of Governors with more than 37 years of service with the Department of Defense. President of McGinn Consulting LLC, she brings expertise on matters related to military and civilian personnel management, strategic planning, and organizational development.
Most recently, Mrs. McGinn served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plans, where, among other duties, she was the personal proponent for establishing policies and approaches to address sexual assault, enhance diversity and equal opportunity, and provide for an effective Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.
Recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and two-time recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, Mrs. McGinn is also member of the Board of Trustees of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and a member of the Women Joining Forces Advisory Council of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, which advances the interests of women veterans.
MRS. GAIL H. ..., 1 April 2009 [cached]
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plans
Mrs. Gail H. McGinn was appointed as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plans in November 2002. In this capacity, she serves as the official within the Office of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness responsible for developing integrated evaluation processes to measure the success of personnel programs. She provides advice and assistance to the Under Secretary on the management of military and civilian personnel programs; oversees the development of strategic plans for human resources; and directs involvement with oversight and consultant boards to achieve human resource goals. Mrs. McGinn also coordinates the Department of Defense activities in support of the President's Management Agenda. She was appointed as the Senior Language Authority for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in May of 2004, with responsibility for foreign language issues within the Department of Defense. She is also responsible for assisting the Under Secretary in facilitating the activities and policy outcomes of the Joint Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. PAST EXPERIENCES: Mrs. McGinn became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1992. Her prior SES assignments include Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy and Principal Director for Personnel Support, Families and Education. Before coming to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 1988, Mrs. McGinn was the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center (1985-1988). From 1983-1985, Mrs. McGinn worked on the Army staff and served on a special task force that inaugurated family programs in the Department of the Army. She has also held a number of positions in the drug and alcohol field. These included positions at Headquarters V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany; and at Seneca Army Depot. Mrs. McGinn is a two-time recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award. Her other awards include the Secretary of Defense Awards for Distinguished Civilian Service, Meritorious Civilian Service and for Exceptional Civilian Service; as well as the Department of the Army decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service, the Commander's Award for Civilian Service, and the Order of the White Plume. EDUCATION: Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, and raised as a military child, Mrs. McGinn has lived in many locations in the U.S. and abroad. She attended William Smith College in Geneva, New York, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She completed graduate study with a Masters Degree in Education from Boston University. Mrs. McGinn has studied both French and German and spoke fluent Danish as a child on the playgrounds of Odense, Denmark.
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By way of introduction, they are Ms. Gail McGinn, who is Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel Support, Families, and Education ; Brigadier General Craig B. Wheldon, Commander of the United States Army Community and Family Support Center ; Rear Admiral James Hinkle, who is Assistant Commander of the Navy Personnel Command ; Mr. Arthur Myers, Director of Air Force Services ; and Mr. Philip Short, who is Director of Personnel and Family Readiness for the United States Marine Corps.
MS. GAIL MCGINN : Thank you, Mr. Chairman.I will provide just some brief comments, and i would like to update you on some of the actions that we have taken since last year's testimony.First, I would like to thank you and the panel for your continued support of our efforts to improve the quality of life of our service members and their families.
We appreciate your commitment to their well-being, especially as we face the new challenges in the coming century.In the past year, we have continued to work on better ways of supporting both service members and their families during deployment, improving the quality of our military communities, and integrating best business practices into our MWR programs.
REP. MCHUGH : Thank you, Ms. McGinn.Next, we have Brigadier General Craig Wheldon, as I said, Commander of the United States Army Community Family Support Center.General Wheldon, welcome.Thank you for being with us and our attention is yours.
Ms. McGinn, in your testimony you talked about how you be making progress toward the DOD standards on appropriated funds, and that be good news.And i would like to hear more good news.Quite honestly, by the seven years that i have been on this panel now, i have heard a lot about how we be making progress and yet we be still not there.
Is there any plan, any schedule, any map that you all have laid out to try to finally across the board reach this, or do we just look at piecemeal progress or losses each year? How are you approaching that on a longer term basis, if at all.
MS. MCGINN : Mr. Chairman, we are actively involved in watching the services' budgets as they unfold in each budget year.We do have a quality of life executive committee, which is comprised of the senior military leadership and civilian leadership in both housing and personnel issues in DOD.
The service budgets and their plans for the future are briefed and presented to that committee so that we watch it that way.Unfortunately, our accounting is set up such that when we apply the funding metric, we can see how it was executed in a past year, but we can not really see how it be executed in a future year.And so that be something that we need to be working on so that we have a better handle on that.
MS. MCGINN : You probably need to turn to my service counterparts for the details.
MS. MCGINN : You keep asking these operational questions.I keep needing to lob them over to the side.We have asked the services about the status of Y2K compliance, and I believe we got a good report.i will defer to them to answer that question further, and also about the funding.And perhaps if you could hold the other question on the resale activities to the resale panel, I think that I would appreciate that.
MS. MCGINN : Mr. Meehan, Mr. de Leon assures me that he can answer the second part of your question in the next panel.
Ms. McGinn, you talked about the quality of life committee.Is there senior military in there.
MS. MCGINN : Yes, sir
MS. MCGINN : it be chaired by Mr. de Leon.
MS. MCGINN : The (DESPERS?) of the military services, their equivalents on the housing side, the assistant secretaries of the departments for personnel, and the assistant secretaries for housing, as well as the senior military representatives
MS. MCGINN : The committee has not considered recruitment issues at this point, realizing that the DESPERS and the assistant secretaries for personnel issues are there.
MS. MCGINN : Well the committee have not really prioritized those things.We have presented certain things to the executive committee such as physical fitness, for example, because we know that that be very high on the scope for all of our military members as well as their families as the number one MWR activity.
The committee has reviewed that as well as a number of other quality of life issues over the past -- it be been in existence now since 1995.
MS. MCGINN : Oh, I believe so.I believe more than that.
MS. MCGINN : I think that, you know, that has been a concern that be been expressed and I would think part of the Defense budget that we are presenting is designed to allay those concerns in terms of military pay and related compensation.
MS. MCGINN : If I may, sir.I think the way the $ 22 million difference in the Army was mostly made up by increasing the amount of appropriated funds that went into the program.Right not the program is structured so there be a 50-50 match we try to meet.That the parents pay 50 percent of the cost and the Department pays 50 percent of the cost.
Currently, the amount that we pay per space in a childcare center, in terms of DOD funds, is about $ 3, 400 per child, and then the parent pays the rest.We have a childcare fee schedule --.
MS. MCGINN : Yes.Over the course of the year.
MS. MCGINN : We have a childcare fee schedule based upon the relative rank of the individual -- or excuse me, the total family income and --.
MS. MCGINN : Oh, that came in with the Military Child Care Act in 1989.What we did is we established a fee schedule.And then that fee schedule has basically been adjusted for inflation and cost of living allowances over the course of the years.So it has only changed in that regard.And it is based upon total family income.
As McGinn said, when you put them in DOD funding bands based on the ability to pay and every time a parent comes in and says, i would like to put my child in child care, we do an assessment of how much that family makes.what be their total income and their capability to pay? The lowest end is typically a single parent.And we do have a good number of single parents in the Army.A single parent on the low end of the scale -- and we have five banding, pay bands -- pays $ .76 an hour for child care.I paid $ 4.00 per hour for a babysitter who did nothing but watch TV four years ago when I was in Europe when I had a personal requirement for a babysitter.
The average pay per hour for child care was $ 1.64 in the Army last year.
MS. MCGINN : I will tell you what I know, which is that I think we are in the process of developing the statement of work for that survey.
MS. MCGINN : No, it be not.
MS. MCGINN : No, it be being handled with our Office of MWR and Resale Activities.
MS. MCGINN : Right
MS. MCGINN : We have been tracking that since the Military Child Care Act came into our lives in 1989.And right now, we have only identified about $ 300, 000 in non-appropriated fund subsidies going into child care -- the 200 and some that General Whelden mentioned and then there is a smaller amount, I believe, the Marine Corps provides.But those amounts have been coming down.
Compared to an appropriated fund, you know, commitment to child care is up around $ 340 million now, I believe.So we believe that --.
MS. MCGINN : Well, I may have to go back and check that.
MS. MCGINN : There are two ways.We do every five to seven years, we have done a master Department of Defense survey of quality of life and military personnel issues.we be about to readminister that survey in the summer/fall timeframe.
Other than that, the services do needs assessments and surveys within their military services and determine what the needs are from that.I think that -- i would like to give my counterparts a chance to talk -- but I think that they have done a good job of adapting MWR to the needs of the young service members who come in and their different kinds of requirements.And I know especially the Navy has done a lot with their Single Sailor initiative and changing the way programs and facilities are put together.
ADM. HINKLE : Congressman, what Ms. McGinn said is exactly right.The Single Sailor centers are focused at that population.And every year, we work with NPRDC to do a survey of our quality of life programs.And ranking high up there is voluntary education, the Navy exchange service that is provided, but also our fitness centers.
The clubs as we know them have changed.The need for them have changed.
MS. MCGINN : Sir, we have what we call accountability reports that we publish and we can make available to you that we actually track by school how well the individual schools are going.We have heard from our commanders in the European Theater that there are concerns about the schools.They frankly address to us in terms of they want the school system to be the best in the world.And they really want a world class education for their children.And we do not hear it so much as -- at least we do not -- complaints about the current quality as, W
Senior Defense Official Earns Leadership Award, 16 Sept 2009 [cached]
Gail H. McGinn, deputy undersecretary of defense for plans since 2002, received the DoD Senior Professional Women's Association's Excellence in Leadership Award, which recognizes exemplary leadership, professionalism and advocacy in breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for women.
"Being a leader means you get to do exciting things," said McGinn, noting that she was "very honored and humbled" to receive the award.
McGinn said she also is thankful for the counsel and assistance provided by mentors and colleagues she has worked with during her career.
"You don't become a leader on your own," McGinn pointed out.
Appointed a member of the senior executive service in 1992, McGinn also is performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
McGinn oversees programs and policies that manage and support servicemembers -- including those wounded in war -- as well as civilians, military families and veterans. She also manages military policies that address sexual assault, gender and diversity issues.
McGinn also serves as the senior language authority for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She is responsible for improving foreign language capability within the department and also oversees policy development for the diversity and equal opportunity programs.
McGinn also is "a tireless advocate of our wounded warriors and a leading liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure the federal government provides world-class support to those who've served," Lynn said.
And McGinn's performance as acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness over the past several months, Lynn said, has been "brilliant."
It was a pleasure working with McGinn, he recalled, noting that during his tenure she demonstrated superb leadership and provided valued and trusted advice during discussions of important policy issues such as the prevention of sexual assault in the military and how to care for victims.
HWS Trustee Gail H. McGinn ... [cached]
HWS Trustee Gail H. McGinn '73, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plans with the U.S. Department of Defense and president of McGinn Consulting, LLC., will return to campus on Thursday, April 14 as part of the Professionals in Residence Ser...
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