Contact Andy at Andy.Strojny@yahoo.com
Andy retired from the federal government after over 35 years of service. During that time he gained experience in virtually every facet of federal civil rights enforcement. He joined the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in 1970. At the time, he was the youngest attorney ever employed by the Division. He did police brutality cases and received letters of commendation from the Acting Attorney General and the United States Attorney in St. Louis for a grand jury investigation he conducted into the death of a prisoner while in police custody.
He went on to become
one of the founding
members of the Civil Rights
VI Section before moving on to become Chief of the External Compliance
the old Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA).
He successfully resolved investigations of the New Orleans, San Diego,
and St. Louis Police Departments, among others. He also
participated in investigations of the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and
Phoenix Police Departments, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol,
among others. Along
the way he
worked on the
Title VII discrimination cases against the Chicago Police and Fire
Departments. While at LEAA, he also conducted a comprehensive
survey of the racial and sexual composition of all major police
From there he was detailed to the President's Reorganization Project at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) helping draft Executive Order 12250, which provides the basis for much of the work of the Civil Rights Division's Coordination and Review Section, then called the Title VI Section. He returned to the Civil Rights Division's Title VI Section, which by then had been renamed the Federal Programs Section, and drafted model agency regulations, which among other things gave clear responsibility to agency Title VI directors to make Title VI compliance decisions. He worked to have all federal agencies adopt them. The General Accounting Office (GAO) reported that Title VI enforcement should improve if his changes were adopted.
Then he was again
OMB with its newly
created Civil Rights Office for policy. Here during the
early 1980's he was instrumental in having civil rights provisions he
become part of the Administration's block grant legislation. Then
OMB Director David Stockman directed that all Administration block
grant proposals contain the civil rights provisions Andy help draft.
He then headed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) External Civil Rights Program and later the first President Bush appointed him Acting Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, at the time an independent office within the Department of Justice. To hear Andy talk about it, this clearly was the job that had his heart. Apparently the Department's too as he received a $10,000 award for his performance as Acting Special Counsel.
He eventually moved on to become a Deputy in the Civil Rights Division's Coordination and Review Section (the renamed Federal Programs Section) where he helped create an outstanding Title VI training program for other federal agencies and recipients of federal financial assistance. He also established the Section's website, the first such site in the Civil Rights Division.
He retired as Manager of External Compliance at the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security. To hear him talk about it, this job also had a piece of his heart. He relished helping to ensure that our quest for security does not result in an undue loss of liberty.
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