Chief Human Capital Officer
Merrick E. Krause
Merrick E. Krause serves as acting chief human capital officer of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Krause began his GSA service in October 2018 as the deputy chief human capital officer and director, office of human resources strategy.
In his role leading the Office of Human Resource Management, Krause leads HR support activities for the agency’s 12,000 employees. He is responsible for GSA-wide policy and oversight of all aspects of Human Capital Management including: talent acquisition, development and sustainment, labor and employee relations, performance management, compensation, strategic workforce and succession planning, executive resources, diversity management and data analytics.
Prior to joining GSA, Krause served in the senior executive service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A leader who promotes use of data to inform strategic workforce planning and management decision making, he is a certified Department of Defense financial manager. Krause led in chief finance, human resources, facilities, strategic communications, analytics, and administrative officer roles in several federal departments.
A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, fighter pilot and test pilot, Krause served as special assistant to two chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and was Joint Task Force Southwest Asia Weapons Officer for Operation Southern Watch. Additionally, Krause served as a combat mission commander in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Resolve and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Krause earned a bachelor of science from the U.S.Air Force Academy and received masters of science degrees from Embry Riddle, the Air Force’s Air University, the National War College, and most recently from the National Defense University Information Resources Management College in government information systems.