WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has sworn in a former federal prosecutor as director of a new government agency to oversee offshore drilling and other oil and gas development.
A former assistant U.S. attorney and Justice Department inspector general, Michael R. Bromwich will lead a reorganization of the agency formerly known as the Minerals Management Service.
Bromwich's arrival Monday coincides with a secretarial order signed by Salazar renaming the agency the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. The previous agency was criticized for a cozy relationship with oil companies and lax oversight.
The Obama administration plans to break up the agency into three separate entities to eliminate conflicts of interest.
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