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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Service
U.S. Department of Labor

200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room S-1325
Washington, D.C. 20210


Gordon J. Burke Jr.


Director of Operations, Grants, and Transition Programs
Veterans' Employment and Training Service

Director of Operations, Grants, and Transition Programs since 2005. Directs implementation of Grants to states and other entities.Oversees the operations of veterans programs among grantees and the states.

Gordon is a retired Army Colonel.He served 26 years in numerous Command and Staff Assignments the United States and overseas.

He has served as a Special Assistant to Army Chiefs of Staff and as Chief of Legislative Liaison for the Army Budget in the Pentagon. Before his appointment in the Senior Executive Service at DOL, Gordon was a Professional Staff member of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the U.S. Senate.

Since joining the Department of Labor in 2001, he has served as the Director of Administration in the Mine Safety and Health Administration and Director of Resource Management, and Director of Operations and Programs within the Veterans Employment and Training Service.

Gordon earned a Bachelors of Arts in Finance and Banking from Howard University in 1972, a Masters of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1980, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Missouri in 1984. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College 1983 and the Army War College 1994.