The Regional Counsel provides legal advice and guidance to regional organizations on regulations, procurement, real estate, environmental law, airport grants, airport access, ethics, employment law, labor relations, and airspace matters, and responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests. The office serves as the legal advocate for FAA programs and defends agency programs and decisions when challenged in court or before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition, or in arbitration. The office also serves as legal counsel to the FAA's Transport Airplane Directorate. The Regional Counsel is the Designated Ethics Counselor for the Region. Additionally, the Regional Counsel's Office accepts service of legal process for FAA organizations in the region, including garnishment orders for employees in the region, and responds to requests for testimony of FAA employees.