IBT Selects diGenova for Review Board

The Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters July 20 named ex-federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova as IBT’s designee on the three-member Independent Review Board. U.S. Dist. Judge Loretta A. Preska (S.D.N.Y., H.W. Bush) earlier had extended the term of the current board by one month or until the IBT and the Dep’t of Justice  either renewed the appointments of their individual board designees or made new appointments. IBT’s outgoing appointee is W. Va. labor lawyer Grant Crandall.

Under IRB’s rules, IBT appoints one member, DOJ another, and these two individuals then determine the third member. DOJ’s current appointee to the panel is ex-U.S.Dist. Court Judge Frederick B. Lacey (D.N.J., Nixon), who served initially as the court-appointed independent administrator in the first years of DOJ-IBT consent decree signed in 1989.  The third panel member, whose term now has been extended until Aug. 20, is William Webster, the ex-head of the FBI and CIA. Preska gave the union and DOJ until Aug. 20 to either reappoint their current designee or make another appointment

An ex-U.S. Atty. for the Dist. of Columbia, diGenova was special counsel to the U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee during the probe by the committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations of the IBT’s failed 1996 election. He is a partner with his wife, Victoria Toensing, in the Washington, D.C., firm of diGenova & Toensing. IRB Members are paid an annual salary of $100,000 plus expenses. In addition, each receives $35,000 annually in lieu of pension and health benefits. [BNA 7/24/01, Det. News 7/22/01]