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New ETA Acting Assistant Secretary


June 7, 2013


New ETA Acting Assistant Secretary

On May 31, Jane Oates resigned from her position as assistant secretary of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). She had served in this role since 2009, and is a long-time friend of ACTE and CTE generally—her work on our issues dates back to her time in Sen. Kennedy’s education committee office, and even earlier in her career. Jane’s enthusiasm and willingness to engage with our members will definitely be missed!

After her resignation, Gerri Fiala was appointed as the new acting assistance secretary of ETA. Below is information about Gerri from the Department of Labor’s announcement:

For Gerri Fiala, helping people improve their lives through the federal workforce system has been a labor of love for decades. After being named acting assistant secretary of labor for employment and training this week, don't expect that to change. Fiala first joined the Labor Department in 1986 as the chief of the Policy and Planning Unit in ETA's Office of Strategic Planning. By 1995, she was the administrator of the same office, where she served for eight years. Fiala played a key role in developing policies and participating in negotiations with congressional staff that culminated in the enactment of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the nation's primary job training and employment assistance law. She later served as staff director to the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, where she helped develop key components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Fiala rejoined ETA in July 2009, as deputy assistant secretary, and received the 2012 Philip Arnow Award in recognition of her superior accomplishments and service to the department.

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