R. Alexander Acosta


Alexander Acosta is the Dean of the Florida International University College of Law and formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush. Acosta has also served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. Acosta was nominated on 16 February 2017, just a day after the original Labor Secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from consideration after Senate Republicans informed the President Puzder did not have enough votes to be confirmed. 

Why is this department important to the science community?

Insights from the social and behavioral sciences have the potential to highlight evidence-based ways to support growing labor productivity while enhancing the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of our nation. Basing policy decisions on scientific evidence – rigorously obtained and thoroughly tested – is essential for assessing what works, what doesn’t, and what options are most likely to achieve their desired outcomes.