September 27, 2022

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Unveils Ombuds Office

FMCS recently updated its public website with a link to its Office of the Ombuds, which was established in 2020. The program "is uniquely positioned to serve as an independent, confidential, impartial, and informal resource for federal agencies" across the U.S. government. Karen J. Dean was selected in August 2020 to head the office as the FMCS Executive Ombuds.

Dean brings Ombuds experience from two Federal agencies. Most recently, she was the Senior Ombudsman for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to that, she was with the Office of the Ombudsman at the National Institutes of Health. (FMCS Ombuds.)

Update 9/28/22: Post revised to make is more clear that the office is not new but that the public-facing website is new.

Prior: IOA Posts Agenda, Opens Registration for 2016 Annual Conference; IOA Brings Range of Ombuds Training to Minneapolis; Job Posting.


  1. You want to verify the information before you post on your blog, as not all of your information is not correct. This is not the first time you have posted inaccurate information.

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