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Pension Agency Honors Human Resources Director with Highest Award

March 13, 2003

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) honored Sharon Barbee Fletcher, director of human resources, with its highest award, the Distinguished Career Service Award, during ceremonies yesterday in Washington, D.C.

"Sharon's enthusiasm for PBGC's mission and its employees is unwavering and reflects her life-long dedication to public service," said Executive Director Steven A. Kandarian.

The award recognizes Ms. Barbee Fletcher's cumulative achievements and distinguished service throughout her almost 37-year federal career, including seven years at PBGC.

Since joining PBGC as director of human resources in 1995, Ms. Barbee Fletcher has focused the human resources department on customer service, automated human resource processes, established successful mentoring programs, and created a positive environment for interaction between human resources staff and managers to accomplish the agency's mission. She was Co-chair of the Small Agency Human Resources Council from 2001 - 2002.

Before coming to PBGC, Ms. Barbee Fletcher was director of human resources at the Peace Corps and deputy assistant director for personnel at the Office of Personnel Management, where she co-managed a number of divisions including personnel operations, training and development and labor relations. She began her federal career in 1966 with the Agency for International Development

Ms. Barbee Fletcher, daughter of June Barbee of Quincy, Ill., resides in Alexandria, Va., with her husband, Jim, and has a grown son and daughter. She earned a B.A. in political science at Oklahoma State University.

PBGC is a federal corporation created under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to guarantee payment of basic pension benefits earned by 44 million American workers and retirees participating in about 32,500 private-sector defined benefit pension plans. The agency receives no funds from general tax revenues. Operations are financed largely by insurance premiums paid by companies that sponsor pension plans and investment returns.

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PBGC No. 03-27