The OFCCP Week in Review (WIR) is a simple, fast and direct summary of relevant happenings in the OFCCP regulatory environment, authored by experts John C. Fox and Candee Chambers. In today’s WIR, we cover:
- Recent staffing changes in OFCCP’s national office–including the announcement of Dr. Marika Litras to serve as the Director of Enforcement
- Director Patricia Shiu’s announcement to leave the OFCCP in November
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: OFCCP Announces Staffing Change in National Office
Director Shiu, effective today, October 17, 2016, has selected Dr. Marika Litras to serve as OFCCP’s Director of Enforcement. This is a newly established career Senior Executive Service (SES) level position in this administration where she will hold responsibility for:
- Regional and National Office Division collaboration in the planning and evaluation of the overall enforcement program;
- Partnering with the Regional offices on cases referred to the Office of the Solicitor for potential litigation;
- Managing the overall enforcement strategies and investigative techniques; and
- Coordinating any complex and potential multi-establishment investigations.
Marika, in her position as Director of the Division of Program Operations, has worked to advance OFCCP operations in areas such as performance management, FAAP, expert case analysis, scheduling and jurisdiction, FOIA, litigation support and coordination, etc., and will continue to act as deputy DPO until that position is filled.
Thursday, October 13, 2016: OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu Announces Plans to Leave Agency
As announced during a public meeting held by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Patricia A. Shiu, Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, will be leaving the office sometime in November of this year. Director Shiu has served as the Director of the OFCCP since 2009 when she was appointed to the role by the Obama Administration.
No announcement has been made as to who might serve in an acting OFCCP Director role at this time. The position will eventually be filled by a political appointee once the new administration is in place in 2017.
THIS COLUMN IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW AND PRACTICE RELATING TO OFCCP. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. COMPANIES OR INDIVIDUALS WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
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