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Senate Confirms Bill Spriggs as Assistant Secretary of Policy for DOL

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Back in April, OOTS reported that William E. Spriggs had been tapped by the Obama Administration as assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Labor. On October 21, the Senate sealed the deal and confirmed Spriggs to the post by a voice vote. Prior to his nomination, Spriggs served as chair of Howard University’s Department of Economics. A former Clinton Administration official and a long-time advocate for anti-poverty efforts, Spriggs brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to DOL.

OOTS is excited by the enthusiastic and bipartisan support for Spriggs. Before his nomination was considered by the full Senate, it was approved by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, including ranking member Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). In his new position, Spriggs is charged with leading the DOL in policy development, program implementation and evaluation, and analysis of economic trends and policies. With unemployment at 9.8 percent, we۪re encouraged by the caliber of leaders, such as Spriggs, who are heading to DOL and other departments. We۪re confident that Spriggs is the best person to direct labor policy and promote economic opportunity for America۪s struggling families. To learn more about Bill Spriggs, click here.

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