The U.S. Senate voted today to confirm FMCS Acting Director Allison Beck as the first woman Director of the Agency.

She becomes the 18th Director of the FMCS since it was created by Congress in 1947.

Ms. Beck was nominated for the position by President Obama on September 18, 2014 and has served as Acting Director of the Agency since her nomination. Prior to her nomination, Ms. Beck served for more than four years as FMCS Deputy Director. Her past duties included assisting with the management of the Agency and supervising FMCS national and international programs.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Ms. Beck had an extensive career in the field of labor law and labor-management relations. For 20 years, she served as General Counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO (IAM), where she supervised the legal affairs of a large, international union, became well-versed in all aspects of labor and employment law, and litigated cases in federal court and before government labor agencies.