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The Civil Rights and Finance Law Office provides legal counsel and legal services to EPA offices with respect to civil rights, equal employment opportunity, contracts, claims by and against the Agency, real and personal property, financial assistance awards, interagency agreements, and appropriations law.

The Office - Counsel...

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Communities and Ecosystems: The Communities and Ecosystems Practice Group provides legal advice to EPA offices on the following matters: federal Indian law, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, Environmental Justice, 5th Amendment takings of private property, and historic preservation.

The Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center is responsible for providing legal advice and counsel regarding the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including protecting the confidentiality of dispute resolution communications. It is EPA's national office for ADR ( ), providing environmental ADR services, training, and collaborative problem solving and public engagement expertise for the entire Agency. The office, headed by the EPA Dispute Resolution Specialist, has responsibility for national ADR policy and coordinating the Agency-wide network of ADR programs.

The Pesticides and Toxic Substances Law Office handles legal issues for the EPA programs that address pesticides and toxic chemicals, including implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which substantially revised the Toxic Substances Control Act. The office also handles legal issues related to pollution prevention and the Toxics Release Inventory, the program that informs citizens about toxic releases in their communities.

The Office of the University Counsel represents the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia in all legal and regulatory matters and provides advice and counsel to the Board of Visitors, the President, executive officers, and other administrators, faculty, and staff in their official capacities.

The University Counsel and all Associate University Counsel are appointed by the Attorney General of Virginia. In addition to providing a full range of legal services to the University, they coordinate and oversee necessary resources of the Office of the Attorney General, and work with that office on the appointment and monitoring of outside counsel when needed to represent the University. For more information on the role of the Attorney General, please visit the Attorney General homepage.

The Homeland Security Act defines the General Counsel as the chief legal officer of the Department. In this role, the General Counsel is ultimately responsible for all the Department's legal determinations and for overseeing all its attorneys. The General Counsel is also the Department's regulatory policy officer, managing the rulemaking program and ensuring that all Department of Homeland Security regulatory actions comply with relevant statutes and executive orders.

Effective immediately and until further notice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the General Counsel is not accepting personal service of process for actions against the Department or its personnel in their official capacity, due to the on-site staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 circumstances. The following procedures do not modify the requirements of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4(i)(3) regarding service on an officer or employee sued in his or her individual capacity and should not be used in any action to attempt to perfect service upon any Department officer or employee sued in his or her individual capacity.

The attorneys in this division provide a broad spectrum of advice and legal support to PHMSA on general law matters affecting the policies and programs of PHMSA and the manner in which PHMSA program offices perform their functions. This division advises and counsels on a variety of matters, including ethics, tort claims, privacy, FOIA, employment, labor relations, procurement, grants and appropriations law.

The attorneys in this division provide legal advice and support for all rulemakings and regulatory matters. This division provides legal services and representation of PHMSA's safety programs with a primary focus on advising the program offices regarding the Administrative Procedures Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act and executive orders and guidance.

The Office of the Counsel to the Inspector General provides legal counsel and advice to the Inspector General and all OIG offices. The office is responsible for Civil Monetary Penalty actions under Section 1140 of the Social Security Act and handles legal sufficiency reviews of subpoenas, subpoena enforcement actions, and other enforcement matters. The office also provides comprehensive legal advice in areas including contract law, fiscal and procurement law, privacy and disclosure law, including handling all OIG Federal records management law, and legislation.

AG Yost presented the Distinguished Law Enforcement Awards in seven categories, honoring the work and dedication of various peace officers, a former commander, a criminal intelligence analystand a civilian.

NOTE: This office is counsel to the Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education and the State Education Department. We cannot provide legal opinions, advice or research services to the public. Such requests should be directed to your attorney. We regret that we cannot respond to e-mails to this office seeking such advice.

You can contact this office by writing to the Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation, Regulations, and General Law, Room E82-322 (HCC-10), U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590-9898.

HCC-30 provides overall legal support to the Office of Civil Rights in carrying out its oversight and program enforcement/compliance responsibilities for ensuring nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability, by organizations (State departments of transportation/highways, their sub-recipients and contractors) that receive Federal financial assistance. This includes providing advice and counsel regarding the implementation of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, the investigation of complaints of discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the conduct of compliance reviews by division offices or headquarters.

You can contact this office by writing to the Assistant Chief Counsel for Program Legal Services, Room E82-336 (HCC-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590-9898.

Manages legal services pertaining to employment law using a team approach relying on designated FHWA attorneys in this and other HCC Divisions. Renders legal advice and guidance to both headquarters and field offices regarding FHWA's internal civil rights programs, equal employment opportunity, anti-harassment, employee misconduct, grievances, performance issues, medical issues, leave administration, employee accommodations, whistleblower matters, and litigation issues. Litigates employment law cases, representing FHWA before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Provides overall administrative support to the Office of the Chief Counsel. This entails developing, administering, and providing oversight to a comprehensive program essential to the general management of the office in the areas of travel, personnel and training, budget, meeting and conference planning, space and IT management, financial management, handling/controlling correspondence, print and publications, and administrative services such as records management, administering program services, and providing guidelines and procedures on office functions to the staff.

You can contact this office by writing to the Assistant Chief Counsel for Operations and Administration (HCC-40), Room E82-308, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590-9898.

The General Counsel is the National Archives' chief legal officer and adviser. The Office of General Counsel's primary functions are representing the agency in court and providing legal counsel to the agency. The General Counsel also serves as NARA's Chief FOIA Officer, Senior Agency Official for Privacy, Dispute Resolution Specialist, and Senior Agency Official for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). In addition to the General Counsel, the office staff consists of eight attorneys, a four person FOIA/Privacy Act team, a paralegal, and a staff assistant.

The Chief Counsel, Scott K. Falk, is the chief legal officer of CBP and reports to the General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security through the Assistant General Counsel, Borders and Transportation Security. The Chief Counsel serves as the Ethics Officer for the organization and is the principal legal advisor to the CBP commissioner and its officers.

The Office of the Chief Counsel provides legal advice to, and legal representation of, CBP officers in matters relating to the activities and functions of CBP. The office is also responsible for reviewing proposed actions to ensure compliance with legal requirements, preparing formal legal opinions, preparing or reviewing responses in all court actions, civil or criminal, involving CBP, and developing, implementing, and evaluating nationwide programs, policies, and procedures within its functional areas.

The office has both a headquarters and a field structure. The headquarters office is located in Washington, D.C. and its activities are divided broadly into three functional areas: Ethics, Labor and Employment, Enforcement, and Trade and Finance, under the supervision of Associate Chief Counsels. The field structure consists of Associate and Assistant Chief Counsels located in major cities across the U.S. who advise CBP field managers in their geographic areas. 041b061a72


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