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Ask the CHCO - Mary Pletcher of the Department of Interior

June 10, 2015


On this edition of “Ask the CHCO”, host Lauren Larson interviews Mary Pletcher, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity at the Department of Interior about the scope of human capital at the agency.

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Guest Biography:

Mary Pletcher assumed the position of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity on June 3, 2013. In this capacity, Ms. Pletcher provides leadership and executive oversight for Interior’s Human Capital programs including human resources; civil rights; youth partnerships and service; employee and organizational development; and occupational safety and health. Prior to this role, Ms. Pletcher served as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, supporting the Assistant Secretary in the implementation of management initiatives and transformation efforts.

Ms. Pletcher joined the Department of the Interior in April 2006. From April 2006 to February 2009, Ms. Pletcher was the Department’s capital planning and investment control program manager. In this capacity, Ms. Pletcher led the efforts to enhance the Department-wide processes and procedures for selecting and managing the nearly one billion dollar annual information technology portfolio. Beginning in February 2009, Ms. Pletcher served as the Deputy Recovery Act Coordinator for Interior. In this role, Ms. Pletcher supported the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Economic Recovery in the implementation and oversight of Interior’s $2.9 billion Recovery Act program composed of over 3,400 projects across eight bureaus and offices. From July 2010 to November 2011, Ms. Pletcher served as the Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Interior Business Center which provides a variety of payroll, human resources, financial management, accounting, procurement, and other administrative shared services to the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies.

Before joining the federal government, Ms. Pletcher led the information technology strategic consulting practice for an 8(a) company. She also was a project manager for a leading government strategy and technology firm and was responsible for client delivery, customer satisfaction, staff management, subcontractor management, quality assurance and schedule and cost management.

Ms. Pletcher received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. She received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Pletcher was nominated and selected as a 2011 Service to America Medal Finalist.

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