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Douglas G. Hendriksen
Former Deputy Chief Counsel
Office of the Chief Counsel

Douglas Hendriksen formerly served as the deputy chief counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. He assisted the chief counsel in managing a staff of 13 in rendering legal advice to Kennedy's civil service community and interfacing with many of Kennedy's external customers.

His responsibilities included managing the day to day operations of the Chief Counsel's Office, giving advice on legal, business and ethics matters to Kennedy's senior managers, nonappropriated fund activities, and reviewing important center-level correspondence and other Chief Counsel's Office attorney work products. He also served on many of the boards and panels that support Kennedy's administrative processes.

Prior to assuming this position in March 1990, he was the senior procurement attorney responsible for all of Kennedy's major contracts, procurements and environmental matters.

Hendriksen received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2003, NASA's Exceptional Service Medal in 1994, and many other awards during his career at Kennedy. He joined the Kennedy team in February 1967 after serving as law clerk to the Honorable William A. McRae Jr., Judge of the United States District Court, Jacksonville, Fla.

Hendriksen graduated from the University of Florida in 1966 with a J.D. where he was a member of the Law Review and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. He had an article published in the University of Florida Law review on battered children. He received his master's degree from Florida State University in guidance and counseling in 1963, and his B.S.B.A. from the University of Florida in 1961 with majors in industrial relations and labor economics with a minor in accounting.

Hendriksen lives in Merritt Island, Fla., with his wife Barbara, a guidance counselor at Atlantis Elementary School. He has two grown daughters, Karen and Dianne, and two grandchildren, Madison Emily Smith and Maximilian Bogardus Michael Smith.

May 2012

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