In an unexpected, but much awaited move, it is anticipated Craig Leen will be named as the new head of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”). While the Department of Labor has not formally confirmed or commented on this development, Leen’s appointment would come more than a year after Patricia Shiu departed the position in November 2016. Since that time, Tom Dowd has held the position of interim Director at OFCCP.
Craig Leen currently serves as the City Attorney for Coral Gables, Florida. During his tenure as the city’s top attorney, Leen reportedly “gained national attention for Coral Gables and its propensity to sue high-profile corporations and use the city’s legal muscle to pursue critics.” In additional to his position with the City, Leen has also been an adjunct professor at Florida International University College of Law where Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, to whom Leen would report, was Dean.
Little is known about Leen’s position on OFCCP regulations, policies and practices or his intended direction for the Agency. We will report any updates or insights as soon as we learn them so stay tuned for the latest developments. . .