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Assistant Secretary for Policy — Vacant




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, PhD, 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 policy makers, 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.