Thomas Lehrich is a member of the leadership team for National Industries for the Blind (NIB), and responsible for leading initiatives on future program opportunities, innovative employment efforts, and partnerships for associated nonprofit agencies in the NIB network.
A leader in government for more than two decades, before joining NIB Mr. Lehrich served more than four years as the first Inspector General for the U.S. AbilityOne Commission®. He served 10 years in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Inspector General (OIG); was assistant chief counsel for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Chief Counsel, where he served as a member of the Smithsonian-TSA Task Force on 9-11 Artifacts and Exhibits; and with the Federal Maritime Commission. While with the Federal Maritime Commission he worked on the ocean-bourne shipping portfolio for the nation including international ocean shipping agreements. Early in his career he served as a judicial clerk with the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for the Honorable William H. Kaye.
Mr. Lehrich is a past chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section and served as an instructor at the Inspector General Academy of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Mr. Lehrich received the Award for Superior Achievement, the DOT OIG’s highest form of recognition, as well as several Awards of Excellence from the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. While at TSA, he received the Honorary Achievement award for his work on the aviation security infrastructure fee program.
A graduate of Boston University and a member of the alumni group, Mr. Lehrich was recently featured in the Boston University’s Bostonia Magazine for his volunteer activities. Mr. Lehrich enjoys writing on transport topics and is published widely, including one of the first articles covering navigational technologies for unmanned aerial systems in The Federal Lawyer. His articles include: “Safe Skies with Flying Agents: An Overview of Law Enforcement Officers Carrying Accessible Firearms on Commercial Aircrafts,” published in the ABA Transportation Committee Quarterly. Tom authored articles for the Air and Space Law journal: “Citizenship Requirements and Why Branson Can’t Save United” and “The Passenger Facility Charge Program—A Legal Overview.” He published an article addressing space tourism and the FAA’s jurisdiction over commercial space launches. Tom was featured in the Federal Bar Association Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section’s TransLaw journal where he gave insight on the future of the aviation industry and was the editor for Translaw.