Donald S. Harris named Deputy General Counsel (2/21/06)

February 21, 2006




Federal Labor Relations General Counsel Colleen Duffy Kiko announced today the appointment of Donald S. Harris to be Deputy General Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel. Before his appointment, Mr. Harris served as Attorney-Advisor with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior. In this role, which he held since 1995, Mr. Harris represented the Department in litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor. He also handled grievances and arbitrations for the Department. Much of Mr. Harris’ workload consisted of litigating whistleblower retaliation complaints before the Department of Labor related to the employee protection provisions of the environmental statutes. During his tenure in the Office of the Solicitor, Mr. Harris has supervised litigation attorneys and was responsible for issues related to the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Department’s budget.

Prior to his work in the Office of the Solicitor, Mr. Harris served for five years as an attorney in the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Legislative Counsel, within the Department of Interior. From 1984 to 1987, Mr. Harris was a legislative attorney with the American Gas Association, and from 1979 to 1984, he worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Harris holds a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland , and graduated “With Distinction” from The George Mason University School of Law, where he served as the Business Editor of the Law Review. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Mr. Harris lives with his wife and four children in Warrenton , Virginia .

The FLRA is an independent agency responsible for administering the labor-management relations program for more than one million non-Postal Service Federal employees worldwide, the majority of whom are exclusively represented in more than 2,000 bargaining units. The FLRA conducts its case-processing activities through four components: the General Counsel of the Authority (OGC), the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), the Authority decisional component (Authority),and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel). Presidential appointees head three of these four components (OGC, Authority, and Panel).