Acosta resigns over controversy surrounding an old case involving sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Embroiled in controversy over the handling of a 2008 case involving alleged sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Acosta resigned from his position as Labor Secretary. Acosta stated “I do not think that it is right and fair for this administration’s Labor Department to have Epstein as a focus rather than the incredible economy that we have today. And so I called the president this morning. I told him that I thought the right thing was to step aside.”
The current Deputy Director of Labor, Patrick Pizella, will take over as acting Secretary. In April 2018 he was sworn in as Deputy Secretary and previously served as a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority under President Obama. On January 23, 2017, President Trump designated Pizzella as Acting FLRA Chairman, a position he held until December 8, 2017. From 2001 to2009, he served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management. Prior to joining the FLRA, he was Principal at Patrick Pizzella, LLC. From 1996 to 2001, Pizzella worked for Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. Pizzella received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
According to SHRM, Pizzella “is reportedly poised to move more quickly than his predecessor to reverse Obama-era regulations that irk businesses.”