THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES HIS INTENT TO NOMINATE KATHRYN O'L. HIGGINS FOR DEPUTY SECRETARY OF LABOR
The President announced today his intent to nominate Kathryn (Kitty) O'Leary Higgins for Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor.
Kitty Higgins of Chevy Chase, Maryland, currently serves as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet. Prior to joining the White House Staff, Ms. Higgins was the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Labor. Before joining the Administration, Ms. Higgins served in the Congress as Administrative Assistant to Congressman Sander Levin and Staff Director for Senator Kennedy on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Ms. Higgins was Assistant Director for Employment Policy on the White House Domestic Policy Staff in President Carter's Administration, and began her career as a manpower specialist at the U.S. Department of Labor. She received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska.
The Deputy Secretary of Labor is in charge of supervising the Assistant Secretaries in carrying out the Department's programmatic responsibilities. This includes the Employment and Training Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Employment Standards Administrations and the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration. Additionally, the Deputy Secretary serves as the chief strategist and principle liaison to subcabinet members in other departments and to the White House.