Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Regulation
Brett A. Jortland joined the Office of Regulation as a staff attorney in August 2007, and was promoted to be the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Regulation in September 2012. In his current role, Brett assists in the management of an office of nine professionals and provides expert legal and policy advice to senior DOT officials on high-profile rulemaking, regulatory, and administrative law issues. Brett also works closely with staff attorneys to ensure that uniform and effective regulatory policies are implemented throughout the Department.
During his time at DOT, Brett has focused largely on rulemakings involving motor carriers, railroads, pipelines, hazardous materials, and maritime matters. He has also led efforts on special projects to: develop DOT policy for incorporation by reference of standards into regulations; work with DOT agencies and OMB to ensure and ensuring the sound use of economic analyses in rulemaking; modernize the regulation tracking process at DOT; and participate in a pilot project using online social and collaboration tools to help engage the public in the rulemaking process.
Before joining the Office of the General Counsel, Brett was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, focusing mainly on issues related to procurement law and policy. Prior to his legal career, he served as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. Brett received his J.D. from The Ohio State University, his M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore, his B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University, and he is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.