• White House to Make Nominations for Four Top DOI Posts
  • December 5, 2013
  • Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP - Denver Office
  • The White House has announced President Obama's intention to fill four top posts at DOI. First, Neil Kornze will be nominated to be the next BLM Director. Kornze currently serves as BLM's principal deputy director and was once an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), advising Senator Reid on public land issues. Kornze has also had a recent hand in implementing BLM's solar energy plan in the Southwest and the new hydraulic fracturing rules.

    The second nomination will be Janice M. Schneider, who is currently a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington DC, to be Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. In the past, Schneider has served as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, a trial attorney at the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Attorney-Advisor in Interior's Office of the Solicitor. If confirmed, Schneider would oversee BLM, including the Bureau's current initiatives for sustainable management of public lands and associated federal energy and mineral resources. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell stated, "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 under President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy."

    Third, the White House will nominate Rhea Suh as Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. In that position, Suh would set policy and oversee the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. Suh is currently Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy.

    Finally, President Obama intends to nominate Tommy Beaudreau as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, filling Suh's current post. Beaudreau currently serves as both acting secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, which Janice Schneider will take over, and as director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.