On December 12, 2006, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the appointment of Malcolm Nelson to serve as the Ombudsman for Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). Mr. Nelson's appointment fills the vacancy created when the first Ombudsman, Donald Shalhoub, was appointed deputy assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Nelson, a career government attorney, most recently served as general counsel for the Benefits Review Board, an appellate adjudicatory board exercising nationwide jurisdiction over appeals from the decisions of the Office of Administrative Law Judges under the Black Lung Benefits Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act administered by the Department of Labor. Nelson has also served as an acting administrative appeals judge for the Benefits Review Board. He has a bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.