About the Office of the Director

The OHA Director's Office provides management direction and oversight for the organization as a whole, including supervision and coordination of the various functions assigned to OHA, strategic planning, and training and professional development. Through its administrative staff, the Director's Office also provides support to the organization in the areas of budgeting, personnel, and information services.

In addition, the Director, her staff, and Ad Hoc Boards of Appeals appointed by her decide various categories of appeals from bureau and office decisions that do not lie within the jurisdiction of an established appeals board. These include certain debt collection matters, waivers of overpayments to Departmental employees, property board of survey determinations, government quarters rental rate adjustments, Uniform Relocation Assistance Act payments, and acreage limitation determinations under the Reclamation Reform Act.

Contact Information

Office of the Director
Office of Hearings and Appeals
U.S. Department of the Interior
801 N. Quincy Street, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203

703-235-3810 (voice)
703-235-9014 (facsimile)
Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Key Personnel

Shayla Freeman Simmons,  Director
Janet H. Lin,  Deputy Director
Joshua N. Epstein,  Counsel to the Director
Rachel R. Lukens,  Attorney-Advisor
Shelia B. Perry,  Executive Assistant/Paralegal Specialist
Tawanna J. Davis,  Administrative Officer
Bernadette Griffin,  Budget Analyst
Leon Harris,  Management Support Specialist
Lisa M. Engelhardt,  Technology Manager


Departmental Manual Chapter on Organization of OHA, 112 DM 13
Departmental Manual Chapter on Delegations of Authority to OHA, 212 DM 13
Procedural Regulations for Cases before the Office of the Director

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