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Obama Selects Nominees for Key Energy Posts at Interior Department

In order to fill vacancies at the Department of the Interior, President Obama recently nominated Janice Schneider as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, a move welcomed by Secretary Sally Jewell.  Currently an environment and energy lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C., Schneider, if confirmed, will oversee all energy development activities on federal lands and supervise the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.   Also nominated were Neil Kornze as Director of the BLM and Tommy Beaudreau as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget.  Because Beaudreau currently serves as head of the BOEM, Secretary Jewell is expected to pick his replacement upon confirmation of his new role.