The Trump administration today announced that Wayne Palmer will serve as acting assistant secretary for MSHA until a permanent appointee is nominated and confirmed. Palmer has been serving as Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s chief of staff and previously served as chief of staff for former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., an outspoken supporter of regulatory reform. The temporary appointment of Palmer does not require Senate confirmation and establishes senior political leadership at MSHA. Joe Main held this position for seven years during the previous administration.
It is widely believed that the administration will nominate an individual to serve as a permanent Trump appointee to head MSHA in September, and that individual could face a lengthy confirmation process. NSSGA continues to advocate for someone with aggregates industry experience to lead MSHA.