Labor Department Shows ‘Fortress Mentality’ Amid Power Shift

June 12, 2019, 10:55 AM

The Secretary of Labor is consolidating power behind the scenes, using a tiny policy office. The DOL’s office of the assistant secretary for policy has been quietly gaining influence over the past year.

Buck Stops Here: ASP now often has the final say on agency regulations and guidance, above even many of the department sub-agencies and the solicitor’s office, Ben Penn reports.

‘Fortress Mentality’: The result is an isolated Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, confusion among department staff, and government waste, senior department sources say. What’s being described as a “fortress mentality” inside DOL now has implications for the agency’s...

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