by Dave Sharrer, DCI Consulting Group

This week, OFCCP Director Pat Shiu announced several changes to the OFCCP’s leadership staff.

Tom Dowd has been named Deputy Director. With the retirement of Dr. Richard Fischer as the Director of Testing Operations, Dr. John Haymaker is now the Branch Chief for Field Liaison Operations and Technical Assistance and will also be assuming many of Dr. Fischer's responsibilities in testing cases. Additionally, Dr. Kristen Monaco has been brought in to serve as the OFCCP’s Labor Economist.

The full text of Pat Shiu’s announcement:

March 7, 2013

Dear Colleagues:

I am excited to announce three major leadership changes at Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs:

First, I have asked Tom Dowd to serve as the career Deputy Director of OFCCP. Tom will join Deputy Director Les Jin and me in forming the executive leadership team of this agency, providing critical management, decision-making and oversight for our worker protection efforts. 

For those of you who have known and worked with Tom, this appointment won’t come as a surprise. After all, Tom has led some of the most important initiatives at our agency over the past two years. His leadership in modernizing OFCCP’s operating plan, strengthening our enforcement programs and promoting innovation in the areas of compliance assistance and worker outreach have earned him not only my confidence, but the respect of his peers from across the Department of Labor. In truth, for much of the time that the career deputy director position has been vacant, Tom has helped to fill that role and deserves the title to go with the responsibilities he has been shouldering.

Prior to joining OFCCP in January of 2011, Tom spent nearly 17 years managing employment and training programs at the local, state, regional and national levels at the Employment and Training Administration. He joined ETA in 1994 as Division Director for Indian and Native American Employment and Training Programs and rose through the ranks to serve that agency as Associate Regional Administrator in the Rocky Mountain Region, Regional Administrator in the Mid-Atlantic, founding Director of the Business Relations Group and Deputy Assistant Secretary. From 2006-2007, Tom was tapped by the Department of the Interior to help establish the newly created Bureau of Indian Education.

Tom will continue to serve as the Director of our Division of Program Operations and as Acting Director of the Division of Management and Administrative Programs.

Dr. John Haymaker is now the Branch Chief for Field Liaison Operations and Technical Assistance in the Division of Program Operations. Since April of 2010, John has supported OFCCP’s efforts to combat discrimination through expert analysis on our testing and compensation cases. With the retirement of Dr. Richard Fischer last week, John will take on a greater role in providing analysis and technical assistance on OFCCP’s testing cases. Prior to joining OFCCP John worked for more than 30 years in the private sector for a variety of U.S. and global companies in the areas of employment test development, validation, and implementation, as well as ongoing testing program management and evaluation, general HR project management, and employee compensation. In the latter half of his career he became much more involved in the compensation area where he developed, implemented, managed, and evaluated compensation programs, including board member and executive compensation programs, for three large companies. An experienced applied psychologist, John holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia. He is also a father of five and a veteran, having served for three years as a U.S. Army medic.

Finally, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Kristen Monaco to the OFCCP national office team. Kristen serves as OFCCP’s Labor Economist. In that role, she compliments the team of technical expert advisors who are involved in the development and resolution of high priority and complex systemic discrimination cases. Prior to joining OFCCP, Kristen was a professor of economics at California State University Long Beach, where her research focused on the labor market impacts of regulation and market structure, with a focus on inequality and discrimination. Her research has been published in journals including Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Labor Research, and Contemporary Economic Policy. Kristen holds a Ph.D. in economics from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Please join me in congratulating Tom and John on their new roles and in welcoming Kristen to the OFCCP team!

Many thanks,

Pat Shiu

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