THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Little Rock, Arkansas) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 17, 1998
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROMULO L. DIAZ, JR. AS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR ADMINISTRATION AND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AT THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
The President today announced his intent to nominate Romulo L. Diaz, Jr., to serve as Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resources Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr. Romulo L. Diaz, Jr., of the District of Columbia, has been Director of the Office of Regulatory Coordination at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) since 1995. In this position, he has overseen the department's successful regulatory reinvention efforts to eliminate or streamline DOE regulations, internal directives, and paperwork burden, resulting in excess of $100 million in savings. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Diaz served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Secretary, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of Energy. From 1981 to 1992, he was the Director for International Operations in the Office of Emergency Planning and Operations at DOE where he was responsible for international energy emergency efforts, including the international energy contingency response to the 1990-91 Gulf Crisis. From 1992 to 1996, he chaired the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Petroleum Planning Committee. From 1972 to 1981, he worked in a variety of legal and legislative positions related to petroleum, natural gas, and electricity matters at DOE, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Power Commission.
Mr. Diaz received a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Texas. He also has studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The Assistant Administrator of Administration and Resources Management at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), manages the Office of Administration and Resources Management. In this role, the Assistant Administrator represents the Agency in communications with the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Personnel Management, General Accounting Office, and General Service Administration. The incumbent bears responsibility for agency-wide resources management, facilities services, administrative services, procurement through contracts, grants management, and human resources management. The Office is also responsible for agency-wide internal controls, audit resolution and follow-up, and government-wide management improvement initiatives.