Jeffrey Jarrett Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy

Jeffrey D. Jarrett was sworn in as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy today. The 10th person to hold the post, Mr. Jarrett was confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 2005.

"I want to personally welcome Jeffrey to the Department of Energy," Secretary Bodman said. "Today, he takes on the challenging role of promoting and managing some of the most important work that we do at the department. The Office of Fossil Energy is on the cutting edge of great technology that can change the world, and is also intimately involved in initiatives that further enhance our nation's energy security. During the hurricanes this past summer, we all saw how important it was to have qualified, experienced, and committed public servants available to make critical decisions. His past experience, both in government and corporate leadership positions, will make him a valuable member of our team."

As Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Mr. Jarrett will serve as the primary policy advisor to the Secretary and the department on issues involving federal coal, oil, and natural gas programs, including extensive research and development efforts in those areas. His responsibilities will include management of the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the Home Heating Oil Reserve, coordinating and implementing elements of the National Energy Policy Act of 2005, managing the FutureGen initiative, and overseeing the Fossil Energy organization of about 1,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative staff throughout the nation.

Mr. Jarrett, a West Virginia native, has been serving as the Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining (OSM) director since being confirmed in January 2002. He holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Pennsylvania's Geneva College and an A.A.S. degree in Land Stabilization and Reclamation from Belmont Technical College of Ohio. He and his wife Janet Goodwin have two children, Sarah and Tyler.

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