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David C. Spickler

Executive in Charge / Acting Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans' Appeals

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As of January 20, 2017, Mr. Spickler serves as Executive in Charge and Acting Vice Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board). As Executive in Charge, Mr. Spickler is responsible for implementing the Board’s mission of conducting hearings and deciding appeals for Veterans. In this role, he is also accountable for the efficient and effective management of Board resources; leads and manages a staff of over 800; and executes a budget in excess of $100 million. The Board is the final administrative tribunal statutorily charged with deciding appeals arising from Veterans’ benefits claims filed with the Secretary.Responsible for all operations of the Appellate Group within BVA. Provide support to all BVA components in the critical areas of litigation, labor relations and human resources. Previously, as Deputy Vice Chairman, was responsible for all operations of the Board’s Office of Veterans Law Judges. Directed and supervised approximately 450 attorneys and Senior Counsel, 65 Veterans Law Judges, and 10 Chief Veterans Law Judges. The BVA is the final administrative tribunal statutorily charged with deciding appeals arising from veterans’ benefits claims filed with the Secretary.

Mr. Spickler has served the Board in numerous capacities throughout his career. In June 2016, Mr. Spickler was appointed by Secretary Bob McDonald to serve as Principal Deputy Vice Chairman of the Board. As Principal Deputy Vice Chairman, Mr. Spickler was responsible for legislation, regulations, and policy, knowledge management, and quality review of Board decisions. In 2010, Mr. Spickler was appointed by Secretary Eric Shinseki to serve the Board as Deputy Vice Chairman in the Office of Veterans Law Judges. In that role he was responsible for all operations of the Board’s Office of Veterans Law Judges, directing and supervising over 500 attorneys and Veterans Law Judges. From 1995 until 2010, Mr. Spickler served as a Chief Veterans Law Judge. In 1993, he was appointed by Secretary Jesse Brown as a Veterans Law Judge, with the approval of President Bill Clinton, after beginning his Board legal career in December 1982 as a staff attorney.

Mr. Spickler is a Veteran of the US Army, Vietnam Era. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Pennsylvania. He lives in Virginia with his wife, who is also a career Federal Government attorney specializing in procurement law and litigation.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

DateDescription
2017 Executive in Charge / Acting Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans' Appeals
2016 Principal Deputy Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans’ Appeals
2010 Deputy Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans’ Appeals
1995

Chief Veterans Law Judge, Board of Veterans’ Appeals

1993 Veterans Law Judge, Board of Veterans’ Appeals
1982 Attorney, Board of Veterans’ Appeals

EDUCATION:

DateDescription
1998 Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA
1997 Aspen Institute Executive Seminar, Aspen, CO
1997 OPM Executive Development Seminar, Aurora, CO
1996 Leadership VA
1982 Juris Doctor; Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
1979 BA, Journalism; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

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