Nancy V. Russell has been named Counsel to the Labor Member of the U.S. Railroad
Retirement Board (RRB), Walter A. Barrows. The appointment is effective upon the
January 2013 retirement of Thomas W. Sadler, who has worked for the Labor
Member's office since 2003.
In her new position, Ms. Russell will provide legal advice and analysis for the
Office of the Labor Member in several areas, including appeals of agency
decisions, ethics, legislation and regulations.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Russell had been an attorney in the agency's
Office of General Counsel since 1999. As one of the senior attorneys on the
legal staff, she handled a variety of complex assignments. For much of that time
she served as one of the agency's designated ethics officers, helping to ensure
that agency employees comply with all relevant requirements in the conduct of
their duties and agency business. Ms. Russell is also a trained mediator, having
completed a 40-hour training program through the Center for Conflict Resolution
In 2011, Ms. Russell was honored as the RRB's outstanding
supervisory/professional employee as part of the agency's Award for Excellence
program that recognizes exceptional contributions and performance by employees
in support of its mission and customers.
Previously, she worked for 8 years as a hearings officer in the Bureau of
Hearings and Appeals, handling petitions for review of agency decisions by
applicants and recipients of railroad retirement benefits. An RRB employee since
1982, she also spent about 9 years in various program analysis and management
positions, with an emphasis on survivor benefits and automation initiatives.
A graduate of Loyola University (B.S. 1982, J.D. 1990), Ms. Russell is a native
and current resident of Chicago.
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An independent Federal agency headquartered in
Chicago, the RRB administers the over $11.3 billion-a-year benefit programs
provided under the Federal Railroad Retirement and Unemployment Insurance Acts
covering the nation's railroad workers and their families.