OSHA Names Thomas M. Stohler Acting Administrator

Nov. 12, 2008
OSHA announced that Thomas M. Stohler has been named the acting assistant secretary of labor for OSHA effective Nov.10, 2008. He replaces Edwin G. Foulke Jr., who left the agency Nov. 7.

Stohler had been deputy assistant secretary for OSHA at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) since May 2008. Working with the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and the senior leadership of DOL he developed and implemented the policy goals and objectives of the administration. He also oversaw the regulatory, compliance assistance, OSHA state plan oversight, emergency response, training, administrative and IT functions at the agency.

Prior to working for OSHA, Stohler was a senior legislative officer for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at DOL. In this capacity, he served as the principle House and Senate liaison for OSHA and MSHA. He has also worked in the student lending industry, and spent 10 years working for high tech and construction trade associations. In addition, Stohler worked for several members of Congress, most recently as the Legislative Director for Rep. John Boehner. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Economics.

OSHA has approximately 2,150 employees and a budget of $486.9 million in FY 2008. For more information on this leadership transition, read OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Resigns and Foulke Joins Atlanta Law Firm.

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