Scalia Becomes Secretary of Labor
On September 30, Eugene Scalia was sworn in as the new Secretary of Labor. Scalia was confirmed by the Senate on a party line vote. He replaces Alex Acosta, who resigned as Secretary of Labor earlier in the year.
As we noted in an earlier post, Eugene Scalia had served as Solicitor of Labor during the George W. Bush administration. As Secretary of Labor, Scalia is expected to work towards rolling back regulations and limiting union activities in the workplace.
Secretary Scalia could have a significant impact on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. OFCCP has been working to build a partnership with the federal contractor community. However, the agency has also been seeking significant changes in the implementation of the federal affirmative action regulations. The new Secretary of Labor could slow or reverse these changes.