Now that President Barack Obama’s second term has begun, the administration is moving forward with filling agency vacancies.
Two days after Obama was sworn in on Jan. 20, Richard J. Engler was nominated for membership on the Chemical Safety Board and Robert F. Cohen Jr. was nominated for the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
CSB – whose members serve for five years – is responsible for leading a team of experts who investigate industrial chemical incidents. At press time, three members were on the board, leaving two vacancies.
FMSHRC hears disputes between the Mine Safety and Health Administration and employers contesting MSHA citations. Only three members (who each serve six-year terms) currently are confirmed and in place at the commission. Two vacancies remain.
So far, Obama has given no hints as to who may fill the now-vacant post of secretary of labor, but that hasn’t stopped some observers from speculating about possible nominees.
The Senate must approve through a confirmation process any appointee Obama nominates (barring recess appointments).
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