April 15, 2015
ON THIS WEEK'S SHOW:
On this edition of ”Ask the CHCO”, host Lauren Larson interviews Vicki Barber of the Federal Labor Relations Authority about the scope of human capital at the FLRA.
Vicki Barber currently serves as the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s (FLRA) Human Resources Director. During her tenure, the FLRA captured the top ranking of the 2010 Most Improved Small Agency in the 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, which is produced by the Partnership for Public Service and the American University Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation. The FLRA’s dramatic and unprecedented improvement in 2010 of more than 250 percent moved the agency to an overall score of 68.3 -- a significant increase from its overall 2009 score of 19.5, which placed the FLRA last in the 2009 rankings of small agencies. The FLRA captured the #7 small agency ranking in the 2011 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.
As a part of the agency’s leadership team, Vicki provides daily leadership, direction, and implementation to human resources management services, policies, and programs to FLRA Presidential appointees, administrative law judges, senior executives, managers and employees. She guides HR strategic planning & evaluation, advisory and consultative services, HR information systems, workforce development and training, executive resources, staffing/recruitment/placement, classification/position management, compensation/payroll, employee onboarding, benefits, health & wellness, workers compensation, reasonable accommodation, diversity & inclusion, and employee engagement. She also manages FLRA’s EEO affirmative action, employee relations, performance management, and awards programs.
Vicki began her career in the legislative branch of government at the Government Printing Office (GPO) as an Outstanding Scholar with the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) organization. During Vicki’s 20 year tenure with GPO, she served as a Program & Management Analyst, Marketing Analyst, Supply Management Officer, and Distribution Facilities Manager for SuDocs Publications Sales & Reimbursable Programs, Federal Depository Library Program, and International Exchange Program. Prior to transitioning to a new career in GPO's Human Capital, Vicki served as the Director of SuDocs Technical Support Group where she provided management and oversight over policy, procedure, budget, inventory, IT systems, personnel management, new organizational initiatives, and program evaluation. In 2003, Vicki was recruited by GPO’s 1st Chief Human Capital Officer to lead HR studies where she conducted research and benchmarked HR best practices in order to transform the agency’s human capital programs and jump start the GPO’s Modernization Efforts. She was then named Human Capital Manager for Plant Operations, GPO’s largest mission-critical component, before being promoted to Human Capital Director for the agency’s HR Operations in 2006.
Vicki is a Harvard Kennedy School alumnus, holds degrees from Bowie State University in Counseling Psychology (M.A.) and Business Administration (B.S.), is an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow through the Partnership for Public Service, and is a licensed realtor in the state of Maryland. She is a member of Blacks In Government, the National Association of Professional Women, the Small Agency Council and is a current co-chair of the Small Agency Human Resources Council (SAHRC).