The U.S. Department of Labor has quietly identified a new Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. An industry news outlet is reporting DOL has confirmed Ondray T. Harris will be the new head of the agency. A new update to OFCCP’s website lists him as the Director of the Agency. Interim Director Tom Dowd is listed as the Deputy Director.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Director Harris has been in a Senior Advisor role with the Department of Labor since this Summer. Immediately prior to that he was a consultant in the Washing D.C. area. From 2011 to 2013, Harris served as the Executive Director of the Public Employee Relations Board, a “quasi-judicial independent agency that adjudicates labor cases among agencies, labor unions, and union members.” During the George W. Bush administration, Director Harris was a deputy chief of employment litigation at the Justice Department where he litigated cases “on behalf of the U.S. and military personnel” and “directed and reviewed investigations conducted by the sections attorneys for Title VII and USERRA cases.” Director Harris began his career in the Virginia Attorney General’s office, where he spent a number of years consulting with agencies and their counsel on employment law issues and “litigated Title VII, Title VI, ADA, ADEA, First Amendment matters, and other employment law cases.”
We will update as soon as additional information and a formal announcement are available.