Karen Czarnecki

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Karen M. Czarnecki
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Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Education BA, Catholic University; Juris Doctorate, Columbus School of Law
Occupation Deputy Assistant Secretary
Employer U.S. Department of Labor
Political party Republican

Karen M. Czarnecki served as a deputy assistant secretary at the United States Department of Labor. Czarnecki was a senior advisor and czar of workforce preparedness to U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. She is also paid to be a commentator on the PBS show "To the Contrary" as well as appearances on Fox News.


Ms. Czarnecki carries out the vision put forward by President Bush and Secretary Chao of a prepared workforce to meet the needs of both workers and their employers

— U.S. Labor Department website
  • June 2001, joins Labor Department
  • June 2003, appointed Director of the Office of the 21st Century Workforce
  • additionally serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Intergovernmental Affairs, responsible for outreach to state and locally-elected officials
  • June 2008, begins teaching Public Policy Internship Seminar at The Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University.


In the summer of 2006, there was controversy about Czarnecki's television appearances: instead of being identified as a Bush administration official, she is described as a “conservative analyst.” On Fox News, Czarnecki has been described as a “conservative strategist.” The Washington Post reports her television role has been cleared by career ethics staff at the Labor Department.[1][2][3] However, PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler was critical of the failure to inform viewers of her government position [4] and noted a number of occasions where Czarnecki appeared to speak on behalf of the Administration rather than as a private individual.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Think Progress » Labor Department Official Poses As ‘Conservative Analyst’ On Fox News, PBS
  2. ^ The Raw Story: Bush appointee splits time between Labor Department, TV punditry
  3. ^ "Conflict of Interest or Legitimate Punditry? You Decide"
  4. ^ 'Conservative Commentator' Unmasked, Anonymously
  5. ^ Ombudsman's Mailbag — Contrary Views