President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is one step closer to taking over after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved Scott Mugno’s nomination on December 13, 2017.
The vote for Mr. Mugno, who has worked as the vice president for safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground among other positions at the company, was split along party lines with all of the Republican senators in support, according to EHS Today.
If approved, Mr. Mugno would become the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. His nomination will now be sent to the full U.S. Senate. No date has yet been set for the final vote.
According to OSHA’s organizational chart, Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt currently serves as the administration’s highest ranking official as of December 15.
In total, the HELP committee approved seven nominations in the Departments of Education and Labor on December 13, 2017.