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Craig Leen to Officially Head Up OFCCP

As reported by Bloomberg Law, and reflected on OFCCP’s website, former OFCCP Acting Director Craig Leen has now been formally named Director of OFCCP.  Since being placed in the acting role this past Summer when the position was vacated by Ondray Harris, Leen has overseen the release of ten new directives and has worked tirelessly to rebuild the … Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: Head of OFCCP Reported to Be Stepping Down

With confirmation from a Department of Labor spokesperson, Bloomberg News is reporting that Ondray Harris will soon be leaving his role as OFCCP Director.  While the reason for his departure was not disclosed, Bloomberg is reporting he will be stepping down from his role at the end of this week. Bloomberg is reporting Senior Advisor Craig Leen will … Continue Reading

Still No New Director for OFCCP

As of today, OFCCP remains without a new director.  According to Bloomberg News, an industry news outlet, the Department of Labor has confirmed Craig Leen has begun work as a “senior advisor” within OFCCP.  No additional information regarding his role was provided.  We will provide additional updates and details as we learn them.… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: Craig Leen Anticipated To Be New OFCCP Director

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 … Continue Reading

Andrew Puzder Withdraws as Secretary of Labor Nominee

Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration as Secretary of Labor.  As we previously reported, Puzder’s confirmation hearing, scheduled for tomorrow, had been postponed multiple times amid increasing scrutiny surrounding his corporate and personal business dealings. His withdrawal came today amid reports that support among Republican Senators was faltering. A replacement nominee has not yet been … Continue Reading

Trump Nominates Businessman to Head Department of Labor

President-elect Trump has announced many Cabinet appointments and last week announced Andy Puzder, head of fast food brands Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., for Secretary of Labor.  Several names were circulated in recent weeks as possible successors to outgoing Secretary Thomas Perez, including Vicki Lipnic, a current EEOC Commissioner.  However, in recent days it became clearer that Puzder … Continue Reading

Sam Maiden to be New Director of OFCCP Southeast Region

OFCCP Director Pat Shiu has appointed Sam Maiden the new director of OFCCP’s Southeast Regional Office.  He will take the reins on December 14 and will oversee a region including four district offices and seven area offices in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina. Mr. Maiden has a long tenure with … Continue Reading

OFCCP Willl Soon Have A New Deputy Director

We have learned that Patrick Patterson will soon be announced as the new Deputy Director of OFCCP in the Agency’s national office, replacing Les Jin.  Since 2010, Deputy Director Patterson has served as Senior Counsel to EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien, who recently announced her departure from the Commission.  Consistent with other recent OFCCP appointments, Deputy … Continue Reading

Dr. Marika Litras Appointed OFCCP Director of the Division of Program Operations

OFCCP has announced Dr. Marika Litras as the new Director of the Division of Program Operations.  Dr. Litras has dedicated her career to public service.  She has previously held roles within OFCCP as a Senior Statistician, Director of Regional Operations in the Pacific, Director of the Functional Affirmative Action Program and, most recently, as Deputy Director of Program … Continue Reading

OFCCP Selects Civil Rights Class Action Litigator as Regional Director for Pacific Region

On Monday, OFCCP Director Pat Shiu announced the selection of Janette Wipper to fill the Pacific Region Regional Director position which had been vacant for more than a year since the retirement of Bill Smitherman in December 2012. This is the second consecutive Regional Director position OFCCP has filled from outside the Agency.  Ms. Wipper’s … Continue Reading

Thomas Perez Confirmed as Next Department of Labor Secretary

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Thomas Perez as Secretary of the Department of Labor, filling the vacancy left by Hilda Solis’ resignation earlier this year.  As we foreshadowed, Perez’s nomination was the subject of pointed scrutiny and his confirmation today was not without controversy as the party-line vote to confirm Perez was … Continue Reading

Confirmation Hearings Begin for Labor of Secretary Nominee

Senate confirmation hearings began today for labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez, whose nomination was announced in March.  During the first day of hearings, Perez, who would replace former labor secretary Hilda Solis, was grilled, as expected, on his involvement in controversial voting rights cases as well as his management “style” during his tenure in the Department … Continue Reading

OFCCP Announces Hiring of a Labor Economist and Other Personnel Changes

As President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor, Thomas E. Perez awaits the confirmation process, Director Pat Shiu has announced leadership changes for OFCCP. In the wake of Dr. Richard Fischer’s departure, Dr. John Haymaker has been named Branch Chief for Field Liaison Operations and Technical Assistance and will be tasked with … Continue Reading

President Obama Announces Thomas E. Perez as Secretary of Labor Nominee

As we shared with you last week, President Obama has nominated Thomas E. Perez as the next Secretary of Labor.  If appointed, Perez will take the place of Hilda Solis, who resigned earlier this year. The confirmation process for Perez may not come without its challenges.   Perez has drawn criticism from some Conservatives regarding his … Continue Reading

Testing Expert Dr. Richard Fischer Leaving OFCCP

While the federal contractor community (including us) are digesting the recent rescission of the OFCCP’s compensation standards and the impact of Directive 307, other changes are afoot at the Agency.  We have confirmed that Dr. Richard Fischer, OFCCP’s IO Psychologist and testing expert is resigning from the Agency effective March 8, 2013.   For the time … Continue Reading