On September 19, 2019, IBC Director Michele Singer presented the Department of the Interior’s Distinguished Service Award to LC Williams, acting Associate Director of IBC’s Financial Management Directorate.
Signed by the Secretary of the Interior, the Distinguished Service Award is the highest level honor award granted by the Department. Recipients must have demonstrated extremely significant long-term contributions to Departmental programs and missions.
The Distinguished Service Award presented to LC Williams honors his more than four decades of public service and unparalleled leadership of human resources shared services with the Interior Business Center and for his exceptional contributions and dedication to public service.
As the acting Associate Director of IBC’s Financial Management Directorate, LC Williams is currently responsible for the management and direction of the Financial Management Line of Business (FMLoB) at the Interior Business Center. Before joining IBC’ Financial Management Directorate, LC Williams served during 13 years as the Associate Director of IBC’s Human Resources Directorate. In that role, his responsibilities included oversight of the personnel and payroll function, which supports 49 government agencies and approximately 300,000 personnel, disbursing over $32.5 billion annually.
LC has over 30 years of financial and personnel management experience and has served in a variety of challenging leadership positions that covered virtually all areas of human resources, accounting and financial operations, to include accounting and reporting, vendor payments, financial statements, military pay and allowances, travel reimbursement, and human capital. Prior to joining the Interior Business Center, LC spent 28 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, retiring as a colonel. He recently worked as a senior manager for KPMG, doing business development and marketing. LC is often requested to speak on various leadership topics at local and national conferences and workshops.
LC Williams is credited with shepherding 15 agencies’ migrations to the Department’s payroll system, helping to complete the E-Payroll Initiative consolidation of 26 federal payroll providers to four shared service centers. The consolidation saved federal agencies $1.1 billion over the first ten years and standardized payroll policies and functions of all cabinet-level agencies and dozens of independent and micro-agencies. Immediately following this momentous achievement, LC Williams turned his attention to improving service delivery by implementing a system integration framework for payroll, human resources, and finance systems to securely exchange and share data. The system integration framework eliminated redundant and potentially conflicting data entry and to date has avoided over 720 million manual data entry points.
For his own employees, LC Williams created developmental and career-pathing opportunities and took personal pride in building and sustaining an organization where an employee could see clearly their career path from a GS-4 payroll clerk all the way to the most senior leadership position.