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LM Director Bob Abbey to Serve as Acting Director of the Minerals Management Service



WASHINGTON, D.C.--Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced
that Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey will serve as acting
director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS).

“Bob Abbey’s recent leadership on onshore energy reforms is exactly the
kind of experience we need as we continue to reform and begin to
restructure MMS,” said Secretary Salazar. “I appreciate Bob’s willingness
to help tackle this crisis in the Gulf.”

Abbey will begin the process of managing the reorganization of MMS into
three separate agencies. He will remain BLM director during this period
but will turn over his daily management duties to deputy director Mike
Poole.

With more than 33 years of experience in resource management in federal and
state government, Abbey was confirmed as BLM director in August 2009. A
native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and graduate of the University of
Southern Mississippi, Abbey is returning to Washington from the Incident
Command Center in Louisiana where he has been helping to lead the
Department of the Interior’s response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of
Mexico.



On May 19, 2010, Secretary Salazar ordered the fundamental restructuring
(http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Salazar-Divides-MMSs-Three-Conflicting-Missions.cfm)
of the MMS to be carried out in consultation with Congress. This action
is the latest in a series of agency reforms Salazar has taken since January
2009, and will establish the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau
of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Natural
Resources Revenue. These three bureaus will replace the Minerals
Management Service.



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