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Assistant Secretary Patrick Pizzella

Assistant Secretary Patrick PizzellaPatrick Pizzella was nominated for Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at the Department of Labor by President Bush on April 25, 2001 and confirmed by the U. S. Senate on May 9, 2001. As Assistant Secretary of Labor, Mr. Pizzella serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Labor in the administration and management programs of the Department and as the Department's Chief Information Officer and Chief Human Capital Officer. Mr. Pizzella provides leadership and policy guidance to the Secretary of Labor in the areas of budget, human resources, information technology, procurement, facilities management, administration, and the Department's overall civil rights program. The Department of Labor administers a multitude of federal programs and has a budget of $56 billion and 17,000 employees nationwide.

Pizzella has served in various posts since his arrival in Washington, DC in 1980 including serving as the Policy Coordinator for the Bush-Cheney General Services Administration Transition Team. From January 22, 2001 to March 25, 2001, Pizzella served as the Chief of Staff to the Director at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Pizzella was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) — a position he held from January 18, 2004 to April 26, 2005.

From 1996 to 2001, Pizzella was a member of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, L.L.P. policy practice group and served as a Government Affairs Counselor with responsibility for the coordination of the firm's grassroots and coalitions management practice. The cornerstones of the firm's practice in Washington D.C. are legislative policy, Executive branch representation and administrative law.

Prior to his work at the law firm, Pizzella served for five years at the Federal Housing Finance Board, an independent regulatory agency with responsibility for overseeing the Federal Home Loan Bank system, a Government Sponsored Enterprise. There he was the agency's Chief Administrative Officer, serving as the Director, Office of Administration.

From 1986 to 1989, Pizzella served at the Department of Education as Administrator for Management Services, and in 1988 was nominated and recess appointed by President Reagan as Deputy Under Secretary for Management. In March 2005 Mr. Pizzella was selected as one of the Top 25 "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers" for 2004 by Government Technology Magazine. In addition, in March 1987 he was selected as one of America's top forty performers under 40 years of age by Management Magazine, a publication of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Pizzella also served as the Special Assistant to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (1981-1984); the Director of Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration (1985-1986); as a member of the Office of Personnel Management Senior Executive Service Advisory Committee (1987-1988) and as a member of the President's Council on Management Improvement (1988-1989).

Pizzella is a native of New Rochelle, New York, and a graduate of Iona Preparatory School. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

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