April 15, 2014 – Edited to Add – Schaefer was not nominated to head the agency, but as the Deputy Administrator (he has since been confirmed. An Undersecretary is of higher rank than an Assistant Secretary. I regret the error.
I managed to miss the nomination announcement from two months ago, but tomorrow (Wednesday) the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a confirmation hearing on the Obama Administration’s nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Mark Schaefer.
Schaefer has years of environmental experience, and currently works as Deputy Executive Director for Environmental Conflict Resolution at the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. His past government experience includes service at the Interior Department, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Office of Technology Assessment. While NOAA nominations for Chief Scientists have been held up in the past, hopefully the recent break in the confirmations logjam will remain, and Schaefer can take over at NOAA by the end of the summer.
Still no word on a nominee to head the National Science Foundation, unless I missed that press release too.