Clinton Veterans Tapped for Enviro Transition Oversight
By Philip Rucker
David Hayes, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Interior under Clinton, has been tapped to oversee President-elect Barack Obama's transition at the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, according to a source close to the transition.
He will join a host of other former Clinton administration officials on the Obama team. Carol Browner, President Clinton's EPA administrator, was named yesterday to Obama's transition committee, where she will have a broader portfolio.
As Obama looks to fill White House positions dealing with environmental policies, he could tap Hayes or Jason Grumet, who headed the Obama campaign's environmental and energy policy committee and serves as president of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
Other former Clinton officials said to be helping Obama's transition at environmental and energy agencies include: John Leshy, former solicitor at Interior; Donald J. Barry, former assistant secretary of fish, wildlife and parks at Interior; David B. Sandalow, former assistant secretary of state for oceans, environment and science; and Frank E. Loy, former under secretary of state for global affairs.
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