President Obama Picks Janice Schneider for Assistant Secretary

President Obama has nominated Janice M. Schneider as assistant secretary for land and minerals management of the Department of the Interior. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Schneider would oversee Interior agencies and initiatives for the sustainable management for public lands and offshore waters and the associated federal agency and mineral resources.

The Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management also provides oversight to the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. This position helps guide the Department’s management and use of federal lands and waters and their associated mineral and non-mineral resources, as well as the appropriate regulation of surface coal mining. 

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is pleased with President Obama's intent to nominate Janice M. Schneider for the position, the U.S. Department of Interior stated in a press release.

“Janice’s expertise in natural resource, energy development and environmental law and policy will enable us to continue to safely and responsibly expand America’s conventional and renewable energy exploration and development,” said Jewell in a press release. “With experience in both the public and private sectors, she will be an advocate for a balanced approach and a science-based decision-making process that both advances the President’s key energy initiatives and promotes the conservation of our federal lands and natural resources.”

If Schneider is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she will replace Tommy Beaudreau, who has led the office since January 2013. Beaudreau would remain as Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which he has held since September 2011. 

National Ocean Industries Association, a national trade association representing the offshore industry, isn't too pleased that Tommy Beaudreau wasn't nominated for the position.

"Many of our members are disappointed that Tommy Beaudreau was not nominated," the association said in a released statement. "He came to the Department of the Interior during a difficult time, but over the last two years he earned the reputation for being willing to listen and learn about industry concerns. "


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