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MAY 2013

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capitalreport Senate Approves Jewell as Interior Secretary In an 87-11 vote, the U.S. Senate approved Sally Jewell as the next secretary of the Interior, reported Reuters. Jewell's background includes time spent in the private sector where she worked as an oil company engineer, banker and chief executive at REI, an outdoor clothing company. As secretary of the Interior, Jewell will work to both conserve and develop natural resources, as well as weigh in on controversial environmental issues including fracking and drilling for oil in the Arctic. Jewell will take over for Ken Salazar, who previously served as a U.S. senator and attorney general for Colorado. Salazar stated that he would be leaving his post as Interior secretary last January and intends to return to his home state. UCAR Opens Washington Offce For the frst time in its 53-year history, the University Corp. for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), based in Boulder, Colorado, has opened a full-time offce in Washington, D.C. The new offce will advocate on behalf of its 104 member universities that study the atmosphere and work to improve weather forecasting. It will also pursue business development opportunities with private-sector businesses and foundations that have an interest in atmospheric research. UCAR is a consortium of more than 100 universities, most of which grant doctoral degrees in the atmospheric sciences. It helps set priorities for the nation's research on weather, climate change, air quality and other topics in the atmospheric sciences. UCAR also manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a laboratory sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The new offce is colocated with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. UCAR will coordinate with the consortium, as well as with other leading science organizations, such as the American Geophysical Union, to educate policymakers about the nation's research priorities. Mario Cordero to be Next Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. has submitted his resignation to U.S. President Barack Obama. Commissioner Mario Cordero of Long Beach, California, who joined the FMC in June 2011, will serve as the next FMC chairman. The change of leadership for the commission happened on April 1. Since becoming chairman in September 2009, Lidinsky had three major administration goals for the 128-person agency, which has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at major seaports around the country. They were: refocusing the commission on giving a voice to U.S. citizens, taxpayers and job creators during its deliberations; eliminating unnecessary rules and red-tape regulations that were particularly harmful to small businesses; and promoting greening in U.S. ports to help both the environment and employment. MAY 2013 / st 59

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