On December 10, 2009, the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (”HELP”) approved President Obama’s nominations for several vacant Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (”EEOC”) positions, including Jacqueline Berrien as EEOC Chair, Victoria Lipnic and Chai Feldblum as Commissioners, and P. David Lopez as General Counsel. These approvals came less than a month after the HELP Committee’s November 19 hearing on these nominations.
In a statement released December 10, 2009, HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) stated that he was pleased to move these nominations forward, as “Americans need committed, capable public servants working full time on their behalf.”
The nominees now move to the full Senate for confirmation. If confirmed, Berrien, Lipnic, and Feldblum would join Acting Chair Stuart J. Ishimaru and Commissioner Constance Barker to round out the five-member Commission. At that time, Acting Vice Chair Christine Griffin will leave the EEOC to serve as the Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management. Although Griffin’s commission expired on July 1, 2009, she has remained as Acting Vice Chair until her replacement could be confirmed.