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Obama Taps Former Federal Prosecutor To Head Minerals Management Service

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President Obama has named Michael R. Bromwich, a former federal prosecutor and Justice Dept. Inspector General, to oversee a restructuring of the Interior Dept.'s Minerals Management Service. In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced plans on May 19 to split MMS into three divisions, separating regulatory functions from the job of collecting royalties from oil drilling. Bromwich, whose appointment was announced on June 15, will be in charge of developing the new structure. The White House said he "has a mandate to implement far-reaching change" at the agency. Bromwich, a partner with the law firm Fried Frank, led a investigation of the Houston Police Dept.'s crime lab in 2007. He also served from 2002 to 2008 as Independent Monitor for the District of Columbia's police department, concentrating on issues that included misconduct and use of force. Bromwich was the Justice Dept.'s IG from 1994 to 1999. Before that, he was a prosecutor in U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.

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