Labor Secretary Acosta has dubbed Wayne Palmer his new Chief of Staff. Following Acosta, Palmer is the first major political hire at the Department of Labor (“DOL”). Palmer’s considerable experience in Washington includes holding a senior position at the Center for Presidential Transition and his tenure as Chief of Staff to former Senator Rick Santorum. More recently, Palmer served as a temporary political official in the Trump administration. As Chief of Staff, Palmer will have significant influence within the DOL. His ability to oversee managerial operations, and facilitate the Secretary’s stakeholder outreach will allow him the opportunity to push policy and enable the DOL agenda.