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HAMPTON DELLINGERSpecial Counsel

​​​After being confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Hampton Dellinger was sworn in as Special Counsel on March 6, 2024. Dellinger graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Yale Law School. Prior to joining OSC, Dellinger served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Office of Legal Policy. In both government and private practice, Dellinger has represented whistleblowers and other clients challenging government activities, and is an experienced litigator and legal advocate. He is also a former Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice and served as Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the North Carolina Governor. 

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KAREN GORMANActing Principal Deputy Special Counselhttps://osc.gov/PublishingImages/Gorman22.jpg

Karen Gorman assumed the role of Acting Special Counsel on October 23, 2023. Prior to her designation​, she served as Associate Special Counsel for Investigation and Prosecution for the agency's headquarters. She joined the Office of Special Counsel's Disclosure Unit in 1998 after private practice and served as Deputy Disclosure Unit Chief from 2009 to 2016. Ms. Gorman moved from the Disclosure Unit in 2016 to establish and co-lead the agency's Retaliation and Disclosure Unit, and later served as a Chief in the agency's Investigation and Prosecution Division. After serving as the Deputy Chief Counsel for the United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics, she returned to OSC in 2020. Ms. Gorman received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, and her B.A. from Seton Hill University.​

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JACQUELINE COLEMAN SNEADU.S. DoJ
Jacqueline ​Coleman Snead who joins OSC as a Transition Co-Chair has been with DoJ since 2003. She began as a trial attorney in the Civil Division's Federal Programs Branch and now serves as an Assistant Branch Director. In 2021-2022, she assisted Hampton Dellinger in heading up the Department's Office of Legal Policy, serving as Acting Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Coleman Snead w​as a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and served as a law clerk to The Honorable Theodore McKee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where she was Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review, and her B.A. from Harvard University.

  
  
  
  
  
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PATRICK BOULAYSenior Advisor (Detail)
Patrick H. Boulay is serving as a Senior Advisor to the Special Counsel. Mr. Boulay also leads Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) enforcement efforts at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. He has been at OSC since September 2000. Mr. Boulay previously worked as an attorney in OSC’s Investigation & Prosecution Division, handling Prohibited Personnel Practice and Hatch Act matters. He has twice testified before Congress about USERRA and has litigated before the Merit Systems Protection Board, including in Silva v. Department of Homeland Security, which established government liability to contractor employees under USERRA. Mr. Boulay received his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.​​
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NICOLE BRIGHTBILLSenior Advisor for Administration
Nicole Brightbill graduated from George Washington University Law School. She previously served at the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, where she was Senior Counsel in the Office of Compliance Initiatives. She formerly also worked as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Nicole joined OSC in August 2021.​
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BRUCE FONGAssociate Special Counsel, Investigation and Prosecution - Field Offices
Bruce Fong is the associate special counsel for investigation and prosecution for the agency's field offices. He joined the Office of Special Counsel’s prosecution division in 1983 after private practice and served as OSC’s senior trial attorney from 1987-2009. Mr. Fong specializes in whistleblower retaliation and other prohibited personnel practices and has represented OSC before the Merit Systems Protection Board in numerous significant cases, including Special Counsel v. Costello, Special Counsel v. Russell, Special Counsel v. Hathaway, Hillen v. Department of the Army, Special Counsel v. Brown, Special Counsel v. Ross, and Special Counsel v. Filiberti. Mr. Fong has been a frequent presenter at conferences and forums presenting on prohibited personnel practices and OSC’s enforcement program. His article, “Whistleblower Protection and the Office of Special Counsel: the Development of Reprisal Law in the 1980s,” is published at 40 Am.L.Rev. 1015 (1991). He is a past recipient of the S.F. Bay Area’s Federal Executive Board’s Federal Employee of the Year award for civil law enforcement. In 2016, he received the Burton Award for Public Service for professionalism, integrity, and intellectual contributions to his field. Mr. Fong received his J.D. from the University of California Law School (formerly Boalt Hall) and his A.B. from Brown University. He is a member of the State Bar of California and lives in Kensington, California.​
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KARL KAMMANNChief Operating Officer
Karl Kammann joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2010. Before joining OSC, Mr. Kammann was a division chief in the Financial Management Directorate of the Department of the Interior, National Business Center. Prior to the Interior Department, Mr. Kammann worked in similar positions at the Food and Drug Administration. He earned a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University and an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. Mr. Kammann also holds a Project Management Professional Certification, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University.​
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ZACHARY KURZCommunications Director
Zachary joins OSC after more than a decade working in communications for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. After beginning his career in 2005, Zac served as the committee's director of communications under the leadership of three different chairmen. Zachary departed Capitol Hill in 2016 and joined Cause of Action Institute, a nonprofit government watchdog group. Zachary grew up in Upstate New York and attended Greene Central High School. Zachary graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.​​
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TRAVIS MILLSAPSSenior Advisor for Legislative Affairs & Policy
Travis joins OSC from the Cause of Action Institute, a nonprofit government watchdog group. In his work at Cause of Action, Travis worked with whistleblowers and stakeholders to conduct strategic oversight of the executive branch through investigations, FOIA requests and litigation, and other administrative law accountability measures, including identifying burdensome regulations to be repealed or rescinded. During law school, Travis clerked for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, investigating federal agencies to identify and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in government. Travis grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.​​
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SUSAN K. ULLMANGeneral Counsel
Susan K. Ullman is the General Counsel of the Office of Special Counsel and serves as OSC’s Designated Agency Ethics Official. Ms. Ullman joined OSC in 2017 following 16 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, most recently as Senior Trial Counsel in the Federal Programs Branch. Prior to her federal government service, Ms. Ullman was an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a law clerk to The Honorable John R. Bartels in the E.D.N.Y. Ms. Ullman has an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia University.​
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RACHEL VENIERActing Associate Special Counsel, Investigations and Prosecution Division - HQ
Rachel Venier joined the Office of Special Counsel in 2002. She leads a team of attorneys investigating and litigating prohibited personnel practice matters. She is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law and Drew University, and is a member of the Maryland Bar.​
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ANNE WAGNERAssociate Special Counsel, General Law
Anne Wagner is an Associate Special Counsel at the Office of Special Counsel. Prior to coming to OSC, Ms. Wagner was the Vice Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the quasi-judicial agency in the executive branch that resolves personnel disputes within the federal civil service system. Ms. Wagner was instrumental in making MSPB's processes more transparent and accountable, in particular, by explaining the bases for Board opinions in non-precedential decisions. Along with her colleagues, she also presided over the first oral arguments before the Board in 30 years.

Before her term at the MSPB, Ms. Wagner served as Chair, Vice Chair, Member, and General Counsel for the Government Accountability Office's Personnel Appeals Board. She also spent nearly 20 years working as an Assistant General Counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents hundreds of thousands of federal employees. During this time, she led precedent setting litigation challenging policies and practices that violated the rights of federal employees and handled cases arising under the full array of laws governing federal employment. Her federal career began as an attorney focusing on employment law for the General Service Administration's Office of General Counsel.

Ms. Wagner received her bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and her law degree from the George Washington University School of Law.