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Chief Human Capital Officer: William Milton Jr.

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Departnment of Agriculture

William (Billy) P. Milton, Jr., serves as the Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Human Resources Management, Departmental Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and has been a member of the senior executive service since 2003.  In his present  position, Billy provides vision and leadership to USDA-wide programs in employee and labor relations, recruitment, diversity, veterans and disability employment, work/life, hiring reform, human resources policy, workforce and succession planning, human resources accountability, human resources enterprise systems, executive resources, and Equal Opportunity accountability.  Under Billy’s leadership, a new enterprise-wide USDA Virtual University has been establishedBilly is also responsible for leading the Secretary of Agriculture’s Cultural Transformation (CT) Initiative, which is designed to transform USDA to an inclusive, high-performing organization that mirrors the public it serves.  The CT Initiative drives change through the clear communication of values and measurable goals followed by robust accountability that cascades from the Secretary to his Sub Cabinet, and ultimately all the way down to first-line supervisors and employees.  In addition, he is responsible for providing oversight for ground-breaking initiatives under the Secretary’s Strengthening Services Initiative. 

Prior to serving in his current position, Billy served as Assistant Administrator for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in the Office of Catfish Inspection Programs (OCIP) and, prior to that, as the Assistant Administrator for FSIS’ Office of Management (OM). 

The 2008 Farm Bill established mandatory inspection of catfish.  Billy was asked by the FSIS Administrator to serve on a detail as the responsible senior management official for establishing the organization and infrastructure for this critical new program within an 18 month period, as established by law. As Assistant Administrator for OCIP, he provided executive leadership in establishing, implementing, and overseeing a nationwide program of regulatory oversight and conduct of inspection activities and enforcement of catfish inspection. 

As Assistant Administrator for FSIS’ Office of Management, Billy was responsible for developing, directing, and coordinating administrative management activities for the Agency regarding human resources management; strategic planning; mediation and work/life services; labor-management relations; employee relations, litigation; safety and health: equal employment opportunity; civil rights; human capital planning; information technology, procurement; budget formulation, presentation, and execution; and financial management.

Billy has also worked with national labor organizations representing Federal sector employees.  During his fifteen years in labor organizations, he served as a National Representative, Deputy Director of Membership and Organization, and Director for Representation and Education.  Prior to his work with labor, Billy worked for the U.S. Customs Service. 

Billy received his Bachelor Degree from Northeastern University, where he also attended graduate school. 

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