In an Executive Session yesterday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions approved the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr. as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.  The Senate will now be able to vote on Griffin’s nomination, though no such vote is officially scheduled.

Prior to his recess appointment to the Board, Griffin was the general counsel for the International Union of Operating.  He has served on the board of directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee for nearly two decades.  Additionally, Griffin was one of President Obama’s three controversial recess appointees to the Board in January of 2012.  Earlier this summer, Griffin’s nomination to the NLRB was withdrawn.

The Committee also approved the nomination of Scott Dahl as Inspector General of the US Department of Labor.  Mr. Dahl currently serves as the Smithsonian Institution’s inspector general, as well as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.