About the Agency
Subject to the general direction and control of the Solicitor, the incumbent manages the Solicitor's Philadelphia Regional Office, which provides legal services to the Department of Labor (DOL) Regional Administrators and agency heads in the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The Region has a principle office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a branch office in Arlington, Virginia. The incumbent is responsible for (1) supervising litigation in the United States District Courts and before Administrative Law Judges for all civil litigation under the Department's many enforcement statutes including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Black Lung Benefits Act, Executive Order 11246, the Davis-Bacon Act (and related Acts) and the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), (2) directing the provision of legal advice and assistance to the DOL enforcement agencies on investigations and compliance audits, (3) representing the Department with federal agencies in the Regions and (4) coordinating with the Office of the Solicitor National Office Divisions and the other Regional Solicitors.
The Regional Solicitor is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the conduct of all litigation connected with the various laws administered by the Department and providing legal advisory services to the ranking Departmental officials in the Philadelphia Region. In this regard, the incumbent directs a staff of approximately 70 attorneys and support personnel. The Regional Solicitor exercises overall direction of the Region by approving the institution of the majority of lawsuits, assigning work, evaluating work performance, providing appropriate training and assignments for the development of attorneys and support staff, developing annual budget projections and insuring that budget obligations remain within the amount allocated by the National Office and taking responsibility for all regional personnel and obligations under the Civil Service Reform Act.
The Regional Solicitor is consulted by and serves as legal advisor and consultant to the Regional Administrators for the Wage Hour Division, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Office of Labor-Management Services (OLMS), and other Regional Offices of the Department. The incumbent provides advice and legal opinions based on comprehensive knowledge of Department policy, clear awareness of precedent setting Federal court cases in the region, and elsewhere, enforcement problems particular to various jurisdictions, and national trends in court decisions in the various program areas. The incumbent also directs the preparation of all opinions and interpretations as requested by DOL regional officials, other federal officials, employers, unions and other members of the public.