OFCCP has recently revived its ombudsman program, which was last active during the George W. Bush administration. The revitalization of the ombuds service was first announced by OFCCP on September 19, 2018. It is designed to provide an impartial and independent perspective and enhance communication between OFCCP and external stakeholders. The new ombudsman to hold the reactivated role is Marcus Stergio, who started on August 5,2019 and was in attendance at the VEVRAA/USERRA Town Hall on August 7.
Stergio was most recently the Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs at MWI, a Boston-based dispute resolution firm. In this role, he managed cases in the Massachusetts Trial Court system, and with the EEOC. He has also conducted mediation and negotiation trainings for organizations such as BMW North America and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Ethiopia, as well as numerous universities in the Boston area. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor of Conflict Resolution and Negotiation at Lasell College.
Stergio received his BA in Communication Studies and Business Administration from Northeastern, and his MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also completed a program in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Harvard Law School.
DCI looks forward to working with Stergio in the near future as he navigates his new role.
By Lily Kerr, HR Analyst at DCI Consulting Group