Director of Military Compensation Policy

Ms. Busch, a member of the Senior Executive Service, formulates, implements and administers Department of Defense policies on military personnel compensation and on Reserve Component activation and duty status structure for the Total Force. Additionally, she oversees the chair of the Armed Forces Tax Council (which initiates tax-related legislation, litigation and administration). Her directorate is aligned under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy.


Ms. Busch’s career of service began as an ensign when she was commissioned through the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. During her 22-year Navy career she served at successively higher levels of responsibility in the field of military manpower and personnel management and support and in key staff assignments on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Ms. Busch’s service on the Chief of Naval Personnel staff continued after her retirement from the Navy in 2003 as a federal civilian employee. She became the head of the Navy’s Military Compensation Policy Branch in 2005 and served in that role until she joined the Senior Executive Service in 2010 and assumed her current position.

For her military and civilian service, she has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award, Legion of Merit, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals.


Ms. Busch holds a Master of Science degree in Administration, with a concentration in Management of Information Systems, from George Washington University. She also studied at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in American studies.