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Deputy Administrator Confirmed for EPA

Release Date: 07/29/2005
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Contact: Eryn Witcher, 202-564-4355 /

(07/29/05) Marcus Peacock will be the new deputy administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Peacock was nominated by President Bush on June 1, 2005 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2005. Peacock comes to EPA from the Office of Management and Budget where he served as associate director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science. In that position he and staff were responsible for reviewing the budget and policies of the natural resources, energy, and science agencies of the federal government, including EPA. He also has served as the government-wide leader for the Budget and Performance Integration initiative of the president's Management Agenda.

Peacock earlier served as the subcommittee staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Oversight and Emergency Response Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In that position he managed oversight hearings and legislation in the 106th Congress related to the activities of EPA, the Department of Transportation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Peacock holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California, and a master of public policy degree from Harvard University.

EPA Administrator Steve Johnson praised Peacock's extensive environmental background: "His capable leadership will reinforce the agency's commitments to the sound science that provides the American people with lasting results. I look forward to working together as the agency continues to fulfill its mission of improving the nation's environment and protecting public health."