posted August 5, 2020

The FEA Board of Directors this week unanimously appointed Richard Tarr to serve as Executive Director/General Counsel of the Federal Education Association. Richard had been serving as Interim Executive Director/General Counsel since January, following the retirement of H.T. Nguyen.

"We are very grateful to Richard for all the work he's done in his interim position and we look forward to continuing to work with him for the betterment of all Association members," says FEA President Brian Chance.

The Executive Director/General Counsel oversees operation of FEA's Washington DC office and liaisons with our parent organization, the National Education Association, on operational and other issues. The position also serves as the primary legal advisor to the FEA Board of Directors and FEA President, helping to shape the Association's legal practices and policies.

Richard has a long history of service to FEA and its members. He began his work for the Association as an attorney in 1999. Since then, he has helped to negotiate dozens of agreements between FEA and DoDEA and is currently working on the new Overseas Negotiated Agreement. Richard has also worked on many other legal issues affecting members, including those raised by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Richard has provided legal counsel and assistance to the General Counsel for FEA-Stateside Region throughout their contract negotiations and their current legal dispute over DoDEA's illegal implementation of an unsigned contract on the certified unit. He has also worked with many other federal employee unions over his FEA career, seeking to coordinate legal efforts against attacks such as the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) in the early 2000s and the current attacks on employee rights and civil service protections.

"I'm very grateful for the trust the Board of Directors has placed in me," Tarr says. "It's been an honor to work for FEA members and I look forward to continuing that work in the future."