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Office of Operations

What We Do

The Office of Operations provides legal advice on a broad range of issues affecting the Department's programs.  We are the principal legal advisors to the General Counsel and Departmental Offices in the following areas of law: 

  • The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Laws
  • Environmental Law
  • Economic/Competition Issues Affecting Airports and Airlines
  • The Department's Emergency Response Authorities/Transportation Security/Cyber Security

In addition to the practice areas listed above, we handle labor issues, matters involving Federal/State law interaction, records management issues, and transportation issues affecting Native American Tribes.  We also provide counsel for the Department's Essential Air Service and Small Community Air Service Development programs.

Who We Are

Acting Assistant General Counsel for Operations
Lisa Swafford-Brooks
Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Operations
Last updated: Monday, August 31, 2020