Trump Taps Kentucky Official to Run Labor Dept. Job Training Office

By Ben Penn

President Donald Trump plans to nominate John Pallasch as the Labor Department’s assistant secretary for employment and training, the White House announced today.

Pallasch worked in several senior political roles at the DOL under President George W. Bush and more recently was executive director of the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. If confirmed, he would bring needed leadership to the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, which has been run without a presidentially appointed assistant secretary for the first 15 months of the Trump administration.

From 2007-2009 Pallasch was deputy assistant secretary for the DOL’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has focused heavily on job training and apprenticeships since taking the reins at the DOL. Acosta’s original choice for the job, Mason Bishop, had his planned nomination pulled by the White House over an unspecified matter, Bloomberg Law reported in October. That sent the administration back to square one in identifying and vetting a new nominee.