No New Head for OSHA?

On May 14, 2019, Scott Mungo withdrew his nomination to the position of Assistant Secretary for OSHA for the U.S. Department of Labor in frustration after having waited 19 months for confirmation.  The business community anticipates that no new nominee will be forthcoming given the timing of the withdrawal.  As a result, OSHA most likely will be without a permanent appointment for the entire Trump administration leaving in place the Acting Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt.  As a practical matter, this likely means that OSHA will not be proceeding with any new initiatives under the Trump administration until after the 2020 election dashing hopes by employers for the type of regulatory relief proposed at other federal agencies such as EPA.