Patricia McNall serves as the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Deputy Chief Counsel, AGC-2, since June 2014. Under leadership of the agency's Chief Counsel, Ms. McNall provides legal guidance in support of the FAA Administrator over all agency operations in Washington, DC headquarters as well as the regions and centers. The AGC staff serves as the Administrator's adjudicative forums for civil penalty and acquisition disputes and works closely with the Department of Transportation's Office of General Counsel on issues of national significance to the aviation industry.
Previously, Ms. McNall was the agency's Chief Acquisition Officer and Acquisition executive at the start of 2011 as part of the Air Traffic Organization, and then as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Finance and Management. Prior to that, she was the FAA Assistant Chief Counsel for Acquisition and Commercial Law. During her 30-year FAA career, Ms. McNall's principal practice has been in the area of government contracts, but has served in various other positions, including Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and International Aviation, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for FAA's Technical Center, Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel, and Acting Deputy Director for the FAA's Office of Acquisitions. In 1995, she worked with a Blue Ribbon Panel of acquisition experts and attorneys to create a new acquisition management system for FAA. In late 1993, she served as Co-Chair of the Budget and Finance Working Group as part of the Department of Transportation's initiative to create an Air Traffic Control Corporation. In addition, she led the effort to form a shared services organization within the FAA in 2011.
Ms. McNall has received numerous awards including the Presidential Rank Award of Merit, a National Performance Review "Hammer" award from the Vice-President, the Federal Bar Association's Transportation Lawyer of the Year, the Secretary's "Gold Medal" award, Outstanding Attorney at FAA for the year, Logistics Service Award, Quality Action Team awards, and numerous Special Achievement Awards.
In 1985, Ms. McNall earned her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University. In 1982, she studied law, foreign trade, and Chinese language through a Columbia University program held at the Shanghai Law Institute. She also holds a Master's degree in Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Relations, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Asian Studies from Scripps College.