Biography of Gregory D. Cote, Associate General Counsel
Steve Bradbury was sworn in on November 28, 2017, as the 23rd General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation after his confirmation by the United States Senate.
As the Department’s chief legal officer, Mr. Bradbury has the authority to resolve all legal questions concerning the Department’s policies and programs and its more than 55,000 employees and $79 billion budget. Mr. Bradbury oversees the activities of the Department’s lawyers, safeguarding the integrity of the decision-making process and ensuring compliance with applicable laws.
Before joining DOT, Mr. Bradbury was a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on regulatory enforcement and investigations, rulemaking and judicial review of agency actions, appellate cases, and antitrust matters. In private practice, he gained experience with automotive safety and aviation competition issues, including before DOT. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Bradbury headed the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised the executive branch on a wide range of constitutional and statutory questions, and where he received the Edmund J. Randolph Award and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, among other awards. Before serving in the Justice Department, Mr. Bradbury was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP for ten years. He clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court and for Judge James L. Buckley on the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Bradbury graduated magna cum laude from Michigan Law School and received his B.A. from Stanford University. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and lives with his wife in McLean, Virginia.
James C. Owens is Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Mr. Owens first joined the Department when he was appointed as the Legal Advisor to the General Counsel in January 2017, and served as Acting General Counsel from August through November 2017. Mr. Owens has also served as an attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he investigated and prosecuted fraud and manipulation in the nation’s energy markets. Prior to entering Federal service, Mr. Owens was in private practice in Washington, D.C. focusing on civil and criminal litigation. Early in his career, Mr. Owens was a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Keith Washington serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight in the areas of human resources, security, acquisitions and grants, transportation and facilities, and space management. Prior to this role, he was the Director in the Departmental Office of Human Resource Management. In this key role, he was responsible for leading and evaluating Departmental human resource management policies for a large Cabinet level agency in the following areas: recruitment and staffing, position classification, pay, labor and employee relations, learning and development, workforce planning, executive resources, work and family life, employee benefits, automation, performance management, and accountability.
Steve is Associate CIO for IT Policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation. His responsibilities include IT strategy, policy, governance, investment management and implementation of the Department’s plans for the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).
Director of the Resource Management Office
Lauren is the Director of the Resource Management Office (RMO) for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). In this role she is responsible for strategic communications, Human Resources, and the budget and procurement for OCIO's three funds including the IT Working Capital Fund (WCF). She also manages the Department's enterprise web platform which now hosts several operating administrations and the government wide permitting dashboard.
Associate CIO for IT Shared Services
Jack Albright is responsible for providing the full range of core departmental commodity IT business enabling capabilities including data center, network, help desk, Internet, email, desktop, mobile, server, storage, telecommunications, wireless, security, and cloud services through Infrastructure, Platform, and Software as a Service offerings.
The bios of the OST-B senior management team are listed here.
Director, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution
Fern F. Kaufman is the Director of the DOT Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, where she is responsible for training and education, neutral services, and dispute resolution design and evaluation. Ms. Kaufman mediates two-party and multi-party disputes, coaches managers and employees on improving communication and conflict management skills, and provides training in basic and advanced communications, interest-based problem solving, facilitation, and conflict management. Ms.