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Neil Schuldenfrei currently serves as an Administrative Judge, and the Deputy Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals. In that capacity, he supervises Administrative Judges and other attorneys handling personnel security clearance appeals, contractor whistleblower investigations and hearings, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act appeals, and applications for exception from generally applicable requirements of a rule, regulation or order of the Department.
Prior to serving in his current capacity, he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Civil Rights. In this capacity, he oversaw the Department’s efforts with respect to Title VI and Title IX Federal Financial Assistance reviews, Title VII Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints, and Employee Concerns. Before serving as Acting Deputy Director, Mr. Schuldenfrei worked as an Attorney-Advisor in the office, and in its predecessor office, the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of EEO and diversity.
Prior to joining the Office of Civil Rights, he served as Executive Assistant to the DOE Director of Administration and Management, where, among other duties, he reviewed and evaluated EEO action plans submitted by each DOE organization.
Before joining DOE in 1992, Mr. Schuldenfrei served as Executive Assistant/Attorney-Advisor to the Director of the Office of Federal Operations at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he provided legal guidance to the Director on issues relating to the federal sector EEO process.
Mr. Schuldenfrei graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978, and received his legal degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1981.