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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Bromwich, offshore drilling reformer joins CSIS

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has announced that Michael R. Bromwich, the government official responsible for overhauling the oversight structure for offshore drilling, has joined CSIS as nonresident senior adviser.

Bromwich stepped down in November as director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) for the U.S. Department of Interior.

“In order for the United States to continue to move toward energy security, we will have to continue to look to challenging places and new technologies for the answer,” said John J. Hamre, CSIS president and CEO. He added, “Michael’s deep experience solving challenging problems will help us think about how to utilize these in a smart and safe way.”

Bromwich, who joined the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement as director in June 2010, was asked by President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to reform and provide oversight and new regulations on offshore oil and gas development following the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill.

Speaking to a group of reporters in November to discuss his resignation, Bromwich said he has asserted a self-imposed “lifetime ban” on “direct dealings” with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

“There has been too much of the revolving door in the past, too much effort to influence the agency’s policy and regulatory judgments by former top executives and senior people in this agency and it has got to stop, and it is going to stop with me,” said Bromwich.

Before joining the BOEMRE, Bromwich held positions in internal investigations and criminal prosecution in government and the private sector.

From 1999 to 2010, Bromwich was a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., and New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he headed the firm’s Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring Group and provided crisis management assistance and counseling.

From 1994 to 1999, Bromwich served as inspector general for the Department of Justice. As inspector general, he headed the law enforcement agency principally responsible for conducting criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of corruption and misconduct involving the 120,000 employees of the Department of Justice. He was also responsible for conducting independent audits of the department’s programs and operations.

From 1983 to 1987, Bromwich was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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