26 2013

Mr.R.N. Reback, New Dep. General Counsel

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is pleased to announce that Richard N. Reback has been named the Board’s Deputy General Counsel.

Before accepting the position at the Board, Mr. Reback served as Counsel to the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), becoming one of the "charter members" who joined the Department at its creation. As Counsel, Mr. Reback served as the chief legal officer and Designated Ethics Official for the Office of Inspector General (OIG), an 800-person strong oversight body that promotes economy, efficiency and effectiveness and prevents and detects, waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in Department programs and operations.

Mr. Reback has a wealth of experience working with auditors, investigators, and inspectors to conduct oversight of Federal agency operations and to ensure compliance with Federal laws, rules, and regulations. Before DHS, Mr. Reback served in a comparable position in the OIG for the Department of State and Broadcasting Board of Governors. Among his other responsibilities at State, he briefed newly-confirmed ambassadors and hosted visiting foreign delegations where he discussed the importance of accountability and transparency in government operations. Prior to his appointment at State, he served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Inspector General at the Department of Interior.

Mr. Reback began his Federal career in the Department of Justice, working nearly 8 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., where he successfully defended the United States at both the trial and appellate levels in a wide range of civil matters, including class actions. He earned numerous commendations for work on specific cases and several special achievement awards conferred by the United States Attorney for sustained superior performance.