Agenda Item
Docket No. 17-573
Advisory Opinion request of Joseph "Joey" Gallo, Jr. regarding post-employment restrictions following the termination of his employment with GOHSEP.
Joseph "Joey" Gallo was hired by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) in December 2009, as a Disaster Recovery Specialist in the Grants Management section. He provided guidance, oversight, and assistance to the State and sub-grantees associated with the FEMA Public Assistance Program. Specifically, he was assigned to the Schools Team and interacted exclusively with a dozen unique school boards. In October 2013, Mr. Gallo was promoted to Team Lead of the Schools Team, resulting in him performing the same work, but to all school boards in the state. In January 2015, he accepted the position of Problem Resolution Officer, in which he assisted with internal issues, such as training, reports, and providing statewide educational seminars. Mr. Gallo resigned from his employment with GOHSEP in January 2017.

Mr. Gallo is currently employed by Grant Thornton in Austin, Texas, as a Manager. Grant Thornton is contracted as an affiliate by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to assist in the administration of Texas's FEMA Public Assistance programs. Grant Thornton is interested in bidding on Request for Proposal No. 111PUR-17001 issued by GOHSEP for a "Stafford Act or National Flood Insurance Act Program Sub-recipient Assistance Strike Team" to assist the State in managing high-risk sub-recipients for open disasters and future disasters in the area of technical experience in Stafford Act Recovery Programs in the closeout process. Mr. Gallo did not work with the closeout "Strike team" and was not involved in the closeout process while employed with GOHSEP.

La. R.S. 42:1121B provides no former public employee shall, for a period of two years following the termination of his public employment, assist another person, for compensation, in a transaction, or in an appearance in connection with a transaction in which such former public employee participated at any time during his public employment and involving the governmental entity by which he was formerly employed, or for a period of two years following the termination of his public employment, render, any service which such former public employee had rendered to the agency during the term of his public employment on a contractual basis, regardless of the parties to the contract, to, for, or on behalf of the agency with which he was formerly employed.
Adopt the proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: David Bordelon
2017-573- Advisory Opinion Draft
2017-573 AOR