Partnership for Public Service statement urging the Senate labor committee to quickly approve the nomination of Department of Labor Secretary-designate Marty Walsh

February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service released the following statement from President and CEO Max Stier after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Marty Walsh’s nomination for secretary of labor. 

“President Joe Biden made an excellent choice nominating Marty Walsh to head the Department of Labor,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Walsh has been a lifelong champion of workers and an effective leader who has shown a willingness to collaborate and build partnerships to get things done.” 

Stier continued, “I urge the committee and the full Senate to swiftly approve Walsh’s nomination so he can begin tackling a host of critical issues facing the workforce during this time of great economic distress and the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to working with the Labor Department under Walsh’s leadership.” 

The Department of Labor’s workforce decreased from 14,996 employees in 2016 to 13,142 employees in 2019.  

The Partnership for Public Service’s Department of Labor oversight snapshot provides a wide array of data and insights regarding the department. Some key data points include:  

  • 2019 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government score and rank: 61.8 out of 100, ranking 17th out of 25 mid-size agencies.  
  • Employee confidence in whistleblower protections: 61.5%, which is 3% lower than the government-wide score of 64.5%. 
  • Number of positions requiring Senate confirmation: 15 

The Partnership produces and maintains several other resources to assess and analyze the health of the federal government. These include a political appointments tracker with The Washington Post to follow the progress of more than 750 of President Biden’s Senate-confirmed political appointments, and the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings, produced by the Partnership and Boston Consulting Group, which measure employee engagement government-wide as well as at individual departments, agencies and subcomponents. 

During the past 19 years, the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service has been dedicated to making the federal government more effective. We work across administrations to help transform the way government operates by increasing collaboration, accountability, efficiency and innovation. Visit to learn more. Follow us on social @PublicService and subscribe today to get the latest federal news, information on upcoming Partnership programs and events, and more. 


Publication Type: Commentary