As of Sunday, December 10th, Ondray T. Harris was named the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Even though no formal press release has been issued yet by the Department of Labor (DOL), the OFCCP updated its website to list Harris as the Director, and previous Interim Director Tom Dowd is now listed as the Deputy Director.
Harris previously served as the Deputy Chief of Employment Litigation of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the George W. Bush administration, where he litigated cases on behalf of the U.S. and military personnel. Harris was later nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve a four-year term as the Director of Community Relations Service at the DOJ. In this role, Harris worked with communities across the U.S. to resolve conflicts based on race, color, gender, sex, and national origin.
Harris also served as Executive Director of the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB), a quasi-judicial independent agency that resolves labor-management disputes. Prior to joining the OFCCP, Harris served as a Senior Advisor in the DOL’s Employment Training Administration, where he worked with private industries and states in creating apprenticeship programs.
It was previously speculated that Craig Leen, a City Attorney for Coral Gables, FL, may be named as the OFCCP Director. Instead, Leen will serve as a Senior Advisor to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on OFCCP compliance matters.