Flash Report: Californian Picked to Head Fed-OSHA

Doug Parker’s 1-1/2-year tenure as chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health could end soon, as President Joe Biden says he intends to nominate as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health – the top job at Fed-OSHA.

Parker recently served on Biden’s transition team, focusing on employee safety and health issues.

The Lynchburg, Virginia, native became Cal/OSHA chief in 2019 after the retirement of Juliann Sum, which followed a stint as executive director of the labor advocacy group Worksafe. Parker previously served as deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Mine Safety and Health Administration, was a staff attorney for the United Mine Workers of America and worked in communication for the Democratic National Committee.

Parker’s nomination requires Senate confirmation.

Here is a link to the White House announcement:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/09/president-biden-announces-his-intent-to-nominate-key-members-for-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-department-of-labor-department-of-energy-and-department-of-transportation/