Salazar swears in new boss at
The agency formerly known as the Minerals Management Service earned a new boss and a new acronym on Monday.
Michael Bromwich took the reins of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement -- nicknamed by Obama administration as the “Bureau of Ocean Energy” or BOE, for short.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar swore in Bromwich on Monday, less than a week after President Obama named him to the role during a primetime address to the nation.
Only Bromwich's new colleagues attended his swearing-in ceremony, according to a spokeswoman and photos provided by the Interior Department. Interior Department Communications Director Betsy Hildebrandt held the Bible for Bromwich in lieu of family members.
Salazar said Bromwich "will be a key part of our team as we continue to change the way the Department of the Interior does business, help our nation transition to a clean energy future, and lead the reforms that will raise the bar for offshore oil and gas operations.”
Bromwich said the April 20 BP oil spill "has underscored the need for stronger oversight of offshore oil and gas operations, more tools and resources for aggressive enforcement, and a more effective structure for the agency that holds companies accountable."
Bromwich served as the top watchdog at the Justice Department from 1994 to 1999 and investigated several big cases, including the agency's involvement in the Aldrich Ames case. He's also a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and helped investigate the Iran Contra affair in the late 1980s.
| June 21, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
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