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Jun 21, 2010 3:57 PM by Melissa Canone

Director of new agency overseeing oil industry sworn in

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has sworn in a
former federal prosecutor as director of a new government agency to
oversee offshore drilling and other oil and gas development.
A former assistant U.S. attorney and Justice Department
inspector general, Michael R. Bromwich will lead a reorganization
of the agency formerly known as the Minerals Management Service.
Bromwich's arrival Monday coincides with a secretarial order
signed by Salazar renaming the agency the Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, Regulation and Enforcement. The previous agency was
criticized for a cozy relationship with oil companies and lax
oversight.
The Obama administration plans to break up the agency into three
separate entities to eliminate conflicts of interest.

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