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Jeffrey Y. Grappone of New Hampshire, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs. Mr. Grappone has worked in strategic communications with Members of Congress, political candidates, and corporate executives for 15 years. He currently serves as a senior communicator at Siemens USA’s corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he advises the United States CEO on communications strategy related to the company’s workforce development and apprenticeship programs. Mr. Grappone also leads communications and media relations initiatives for Siemens’ United States-based energy businesses. Mr. Grappone served as Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) communications director and chief spokesman for four years. Previously, Mr. Grappone served as Press Secretary to Senator John E. Sununu (NH-R) and on the legislative staff of Congressman Charles Bass (NH-R). Mr. Grappone is a native of Concord, New Hampshire, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.