Established on October 1, 1977, our founding purpose was to help refocus the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) staff on policy analysis and oversight matters by removing unnecessary administrative burdens. WHS was charged with the mission of providing administrative and operational support to specified Department of Defense (DoD) activities in the National Capital Region (NCR). Those support functions included budget and accounting, personnel management, office space and services, security, correspondence and records management, and additional support as required. The resulting organization provided a mechanism for achieving greater efficiencies and economies of scale by consolidating those tasks and missions across the enterprise. Today, through various mandates, the WHS service spectrum has expanded considerably. Nearly 6,000 civilian, military, and contract personnel operate across a broad spectrum of responsibilities to deliver centralized, essential services for the White House, the Congress the Military Departments, Joint Staff, OSD, the Defense Agencies and DoD Field Activities, and other entities on the Pentagon Reservation, the NCR and beyond. As the administrative arm of the OSD and other select serviced organizations, WHS provides a wide range of services, including: facilities management; contracting; executive administrative support; resource management; history, library and research capabilities; human resources; operational continuity for the U.S. government; financial and administrative oversight of the Armed Forces Retirement Home and more. Our purpose remains the same, to be an indispensable contributor to the defense of our Nation and essential mission partner. The WHS vision is to be a trusted service provider with Employees Who Make a Difference.
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