New Public Affairs Head Tapped for DOL; Chao Appoints International Affairs Deputy

President Bush on June 18 announced his nomination of David W. James, current press secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs. James was the regional press secretary for the Republican National Committee and executive director of the Missouri Republican Party before joining DOL.

Separately, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao announced the appointment of Charlotte M. Ponticelli as deputy undersecretary for international affairs at the department's International Labor Affairs Bureau. Ponticelli previously was the State Department's senior coordinator for international women's issues.

"Charlotte's extensive State Department experience, especially on behalf of empowering women and children, will make her a great addition to ILAB," said Chao.

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