Department of the Interior

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Office of the Secretary
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Joan Moody
November 21, 2005
Phone: (202) 208-6416
Secretary Norton Applauds Senate Confirmation of P. Lynn Scarlett as Deputy Secretary of the Interior

WASHINGTON - Secretary Gale A. Norton today praised the U.S. Senate's confirmation of P. Lynn Scarlett as the Department of the Interior's deputy secretary. President Bush proposed Scarlett for the position on Feb. 8 and the Senate confirmed on Friday, Nov. 18.

"I commend the Senate for its confirmation of Lynn Scarlett to fill the important position of Interior's deputy secretary," Secretary Norton said. "For four years, as a critical member of Interior's senior management team, Lynn Scarlett has established herself as an intelligent and dedicated public servant, committed to carrying out the Department of the Interior's important mission. I look forward to her continued leadership as deputy secretary."

In her role as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Scarlett has discharged the authority of the Secretary for all phases of management, budget and other administrative activities and serves as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary. She took her post with Interior in July 2001. She serves as both the chief financial officer and chief human capital officer of the department. She also helps coordinate department-wide environmental policy initiatives to implement Secretary Gale Norton's "4 C's" vision of conservation through communication, consultation and cooperation.

From June 2003-2004, Assistant Secretary Scarlett chaired the Wildland Fire Leadership Council, an interagency and intergovernmental forum for implementing the National Fire Plan and 10-Year Implementation Plan. She co-chairs the Recreation Fee Leadership Council, an interagency group to coordinate recreation fee policy and practices. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation as the Department of the Interior representative.

The position of deputy secretary is currently vacant, created by the resignation of Steven Griles, who left the Department on Jan. 31.

Before joining the Bush Administration in July 2001, Scarlett was President of the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, a nonprofit current affairs research and communications organization. In addition to her management role, her policy research focused on environmental, land use and natural resources issues.

Scarlett is author of numerous publications on incentive-based environmental policies. She co-authored a report, Race to the Top: State Environmental Innovations, which examines state environmental programs that utilize incentives, private partnerships and local leadership in addressing environmental problems.

She served on President George W. Bush's environmental policy task force during his presidential campaign. She was appointed by former Governor Pete Wilson to chair California's Inspection and Maintenance Review Committee, a position she held for six years. Assistant Secretary Scarlett served as an expert panelist on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's full-cost accounting and "pay-as-you-throw" projects. She served at the request of former EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus on the Enterprise for the Environment Task Force, which examined new directions for U.S. environmental policy.

Scarlett received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.