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Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training

John P. Pallasch

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John P. Pallasch was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training on July 11, 2019, and was sworn in by Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella on July 24, 2019.

Assistant Secretary Pallasch's appointment marks his return to the U.S. Department of Labor, where he previously served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Pallasch was responsible for leading MSHA's operations, enforcement, regulations, and program evaluation.

Pallasch most recently served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Department of Labor's Office of Employment and Training where he led initiatives to improve outcomes for workforce education programs, increase accountability and performance of the unemployment insurance program, and consolidate job training and workforce programs in a single cabinet agency.

An Illinois native, Pallasch earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.