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Assistant Secretary for Policy — Vacant

Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy — Jonathan Berry

Jonathan Berry serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, and was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in April 2018. In that role, Berry is responsible for the policy direction and operations of the agency as he works with other agency leaders to deliver on the Departmentís policy priorities and regulatory agenda.

Berry previously served in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. At DOJ, in addition to judicial nominations, Berry assisted with the work of the DOJ Regulatory Reform Task Force, including in the development of department-wide policies to harmonize DOJ's regulatory work with the rule of law. Prior to his service in the Federal government, Berry worked as a regulatory and appellate litigator at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Jones Day. Berry also served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Berry has a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) in Philosophy from Yale University and has a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and won the E.B. Convers Prize for best original legal writing.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy — Nathan Mehrens

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy — Stephanie Swirsky

Stephanie Swirsky has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor since June 2015. In that role, she is responsible for the operations of the agency and advises the Principal Deputy Secretary for Policy and other agency leaders on the Department's policy priorities and helps manage the Department's regulatory agenda.

Swirsky previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Executive Secretariat. She has over thirty years in public service that has included serving as a Senior Advisor to Secretaries Reich and Herman on collective bargaining and labor-management relations, international trade and labor standards issues; Business Liaison and Deputy Director of the Public Liaison in OSEC's Office of Public Liaison; Director of Programs in the Office of the American Workplace; and Division Chief in the Bureau of Cooperative Labor-Management Programs.

Swirsky has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations and Government from Cornell University and has a Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Director, Office of Regulatory and Programmatic Policy — Laura Dawkins

Laura Dawkins is the Director of the Office of Regulatory and Programmatic Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Ms. Dawkins is responsible for routinely providing DOL agency leadership analyses of and recommendations regarding DOL agencies' major regulatory, legislative and policy initiatives. Ms. Dawkins and her team are responsible for evaluation and tracking of DOL regulatory programs and strategies, and ensuring that DOL's regulatory initiatives are in compliance with all of the relevant statutes and executive orders that govern the promulgation of regulations by Federal agencies.

Dawkins previously served as Director of the Division of Policy and Integrity in DOL's Office of Foreign Labor Certification where she was responsible for policy-related responsibilities concerning foreign workers seeking admission to work either permanently or temporarily in the United States. She has over 15 years in public service that has included serving as the Chief Regulatory Coordinator for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and as a Division Chief in USCIS's Office of Policy and Strategy. Prior to joining the Federal government, Laura held a variety of positions in both the private and non-profit sector.

Ms. Dawkins has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School.

Chief Evaluation Officer — Molly Irwin

Molly Irwin, Ph.D., is the Chief Evaluation Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor. As the Chief Evaluation Officer, she is responsible for coordinating the Department's evaluation agenda and working with all agencies to design and implement evaluations. Dr. Irwin has more than 20 years of experience planning, leading, and conducting large-scale research and evaluation projects and working with policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to build and use evidence with the goal of improving public programs. She has more than seven years of Federal government experience in two of the premier Federal evaluation offices — DOL's Chief Evaluation Office and the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation in HHS's Administration for Children and Families. Prior to coming to the Federal government, Dr. Irwin led research projects and initiatives in local and state government, the private sector, and academia. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.