Colleen Duffy Kiko Assumes Role Of General Counsel of The Federal Labor Relations Authority (11/2/05)

Contact: Jill Crumpacker

November 3, 2005



On October 31, 2005, the Honorable Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court administered the oath of office at the Supreme Court to Colleen Duffy Kiko to serve as General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). Kiko was nominated by President Bush in June of 2005 and confirmed by the Senate in October of 2005 for a five-year term.

Before her confirmation as the FLRA General Counsel, Kiko was serving as an Employees’ Compensation Appeals Judge, having been appointed by the Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in February of 2002. Prior to her work at the Department of Labor, Kiko was engaged in the private practice of law in Arlington, Virginia in the firm of Ronald M. Cohen & Associates, P.C., and previously, in the Law Offices of Colleen Duffy Kiko, P.C. In 1989, she served as Associate Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. From 1986-1989 she served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an attorney advisor in the civil rights division and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, in Alexandria, Virginia. From 1976 to 1983, she served as a supervisory labor relations specialist for the FLRA and its predecessor in the Department of Labor and as a labor and employee relations specialist in the U.S. Customs Service. Kiko holds a Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University and a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia and State of Virginia Bars.

General Counsel Kiko stated that “the opportunity to serve at the FLRA is a great privilege, and I am honored that President Bush selected me.”

The FLRA is an independent agency responsible for administering the labor-management relations program for more than one million non-Postal Service Federal employees worldwide, the majority of whom are exclusively represented in more than 2,000 bargaining units. The FLRA Office of the General Counsel is the prosecutorial arm of the agency, which also includes the Authority decisional component, the Federal Service Impasses Panel, and an Office of Administrative Law Judges.