Ross E. Eisenbrey Gets Recess Appointment as a Commission Member


Contact: Linda Whitsett

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January 16, 2001





Ross Edward Eisenbrey received a recess appointment by President Bill Clinton to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC), the White House announced recently.  He started work January 16 at the independent agency created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act to issue decisions in disputes arising from inspections of American workplaces.

A recess appointment is made by a President when Congress is in recess and therefore, does not require Senate confirmation. Such an appointee may serve until the end of the next session of the Senate unless confirmed by the Senate to a full, six-year term.

Since 1998, Mr. Eisenbrey worked as Director of the Directorate of Policy at the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  In that position, he handled legislative and inter-governmental activities of the agency as well as planning, evaluation, and regulatory matters. From 1993 to 1998, he served as Associate Director for Worker Protection Programs in the Labor Department's Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.  Before joining the Labor Department, he had been General Counsel for Labor on the Committee on Education and Labor for the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Eisenbrey has also served as minority labor counsel for the Senate committee dealing with labor, human resources and education, the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and as legislative director for U.S. Representative William D. Ford of Michigan from 1988 to 1990.   Mr. Eisenbrey is a graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and the University of Michigan Law School.