Director Richard Giacolone has led FMCS as Deputy Director since 2018, before receiving his nomination from President Trump and subsequent confirmation by the Senate as Director.
Director Giacolone had served in the Chesapeake, Virginia field office since 1995. In that capacity, Director Giacolone functioned as a senior mediator handling cases of national significance, as well as serving as the former Director of the FMCS International/ADR Department and Special Assistant to the Director of FMCS. Prior to receiving his commission with FMCS, Director Giacolone served as a Labor Relations Advisor for the Department of the Navy and has an extensive background in labor relations as a management representative.
In his capacity as FMCS mediator, Director Giacolone mediated thousands of domestic labor and employment cases during his 23-year tenure. His international experience at FMCS includes both mediation and the development and delivery of dispute resolution programs in 14 countries Director Giacolone’s long Agency career included leading the facilitation of public meetings during the investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001 as well as negotiated rulemaking cases (Reg/Neg) as a means to avoid unnecessary litigation. Among his professional honors, Director Giacolone was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal from the Department of Navy for his contributions in labor and employee relations and the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award. He was elected National President of the Society of Federal Labor-Management Relations Professionals. Director Giacolone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Psychology and a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.