With the departure of Mark Limbaugh, the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has announced that Kameran L. Onley will assume the assistant secretary’s duties. Ms. Onley has served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Interior since January 2006. In this capacity, Onley’s duties have included serving as the primary environmental policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary.

Onley has also held positions at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Onley has a BA in economics with a minor in biology from Seattle University and an MS in agricultural economics from Clemson University.

Mark Limbaugh left his post as assistant secretary for the private sector. Limbaugh will serve as a principal at The Ferguson Group, a Washington, DC based lobbying firm. Limbaugh’s departure is mere weeks after Secretary Kempthorne announced his “10-point plan” to improve ethics in the workplace at the Department and tasked Limbaugh with heading up the plan.


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