Heather Book was named Assistant Administrator for the Office of Professional Responsibility in June 2014. In this capacity, Book is responsible for oversight of the issuance of adverse, disciplinary and corrective actions stemming from allegations of misconduct against senior-level and law enforcement employees. Additionally, she oversees the adjudication of all appeals of adverse actions taken against transportation security officers and for tracking and oversight of misconduct cases that are adjudicated by TSA management officials to ensure fair and consistent discipline agency-wide.
From May 2011 to June 2014, Book served as the first Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Professional Responsibility and assisted in establishing and staffing the new office.
Book also served as the Assistant Chief Counsel for employment litigation in the Office of Chief Counsel. In that capacity, she managed 24 attorneys who defend the agency’s disciplinary actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Prior to being promoted to Assistant Chief Counsel, Book was an attorney-advisor in the employment litigation group at TSA.
Prior to joining TSA, Book served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel for the executive office for U.S. Attorneys, Department of Justice, where she provided advice to management on proposed disciplinary actions and defended administrative litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
As an attorney-advisor in the Office of Appeals Counsel at the MSPB, Book drafted proposed decisions regarding federal employment appeals of discharges, demotions, suspensions, reductions in force and retirement matters including cases involving allegations of race, sex, age, national origin, disability and reprisal discrimination.
Book holds an LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law where she served as editor-in-chief of the law review.