From the Nominee, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, Services

By December 16, 2009Economy, General
The Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing Tuesday to hear from President Obama’s nominees for a number of posts, including Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale to be assistant secretary for manufacturing and services, U.S. Department of Commerce. The committee highlights her quote:

I broadly view the role of Manufacturing and Services as three-fold: to convene, to collaborate and to connect.  If confirmed, under my leadership, Manufacturing and Services will convene experts both inside and outside of the federal government to develop solutions to the issues faced by U.S. industry.  Manufacturing and Services will also collaborate with Congress, with agencies across the federal government and with state and local governments to develop solutions to sustain and increase the global competitiveness of U.S. industry.  Further, Manufacturing and Services will work to connect industry to the resources and tools available in the federal government to forge a path to sustainable, highly-skilled jobs for the 21st century economy.

Her full prepared statement is here.

Lamb-Hale is currently Deputy General Counsel at Commerce. Before joining the Obama Administration, she was managing partner of the Detroit office of the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where she specialized in business restructuring.

The committee has scheduled a vote on Lamb-Hale’s nomination for Thursday.

During the Bush Administration, the assistant secretary post in Commerce was often referred to as “the manufacturing czar.” That short-cut title has now been assumed by Ron Bloom, the President’s senior advisor for manufacturing policy, a former Steelworkers official and investment banker.

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