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Monday, March 13, 2017

Perry picks former Bush White House official as chief of staff

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter
Monday, March 13, 2017 

A well-connected political consultant for electric utilities and former George W. Bush administration official is Energy Secretary Rick Perry's chief of staff.

Brian McCormack — a former White House aide, a strategist at the Edison Electric Institute and a familiar face on Capitol Hill — is working for Perry, a Department of Energy spokesman confirmed. DOE hasn't made a formal announcement.

McCormack's last day with EEI was March 2, the same day the Senate confirmed Perry, according to Brian Reil, a spokesman for the industry group.

As chief of staff, McCormack is helping manage DOE's $30 billion budget, 13,500 employees and 104,000 contractors. Past chiefs of staff have also helped implement the secretary's policy initiatives.

A DOE career employee who's not authorized to speak to the press and asked to remain anonymous said McCormack's presence is reassuring given his energy experience and EEI's acknowledgement of climate change.

EEI has described climate change as "one of the biggest energy and environmental policy challenges this country has ever faced" and has backed cap-and-trade legislation in the past. Several high-ranking Trump administration officials — notably, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — have questioned the notion of human-induced climate change despite scientific consensus on the issue.

Prior to EEI, McCormack held several posts in the Bush administration, including deputy assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and external affairs from October 2007 to January 2009.

He also served as a special assistant in the Department of Defense to Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, presidential envoy to Iraq, and later to Ken Krieg in the Office of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.


Anonymous said...

So much for draining the swamp. I guess Trump has realized you need career politicians to run the mess.

Anonymous said...

This post could have reasonably gone uncommented. But no. Every jerk has to have his say, no matter how vapid or inane.

Anonymous said...

Like, for example, 7:25 PM.

Anonymous said...

Well, if we did away with every vapid or inane comment on this blog, what would be left?

Anonymous said...

What was vapid or inane about 7:25? Maybe you should look up the definitions.

Anonymous said...

That Rick Perry is some dancer!

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