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Scott Cameron

Department of Interior
Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget
Scott J. Cameron is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance and Management of the Department of the Interior.  His responsibilities include implementation of President Bush’s Management Agenda at Interior.

Immediately prior to joining the Administration, Scott Cameron was Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for CHEP.  CHEP is the global leader in materials handling, operating in 38 countries, and operating a pool of 149 million pallets and 29 million containers.  CHEP offers significant economic efficiencies to its customers and in the process helps reduce the solid waste and other environmental problems

Previously, Scott represented the Governor of the State of California in Washington, D.C.  In that capacity, he dealt with Congress and federal Executive Branch agencies on issues involving environmental, energy, and natural resource policy.  Priority issues included ecosystem restoration efforts, enhancing state roles in the implementation of federal environmental statutes, and restructuring the national electric utility industry.  He also authored the National Governors Association policies on low level radioactive waste and invasive species.

Before joining Governor Wilson’s staff, Scott was Director of Conservation Policy at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C.  He managed the Foundation's Congressional relations, and published a well-respected annual publications series evaluating the budget, policies, and programs of the federal government's natural resource agencies.

Earlier, Scott was Deputy Chief of the Interior Branch in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), part of the Executive Office of the President.  He oversaw all budgetary, legislative, and regulatory activities of the Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, and Geological Survey.  Scott also had the OMB wide staff lead on endangered species, biodiversity, ecosystem management, wetlands, regulatory takings, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.  In an earlier assignment during his five years at OMB, he oversaw the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water, including oversight of all budget, legislation, and regulatory activity under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.  

From 1985 to 1989, Scott worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Chic Hecht (R NV).  He handled all issues relating to the programs of the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Energy, as well as EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers.  He was particularly active on legislation on nuclear waste, wilderness designation, public lands, and western water rights.

Scott began his career in 1979 as a Presidential Management Intern in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C.  He concentrated on wetlands policy and fisheries economics before leaving for Capitol Hill.  Scott returned to the Service briefly in 1989 as a biologist in the endangered species program, before accepting a position at OMB.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Dartmouth College in 1977, Scott earned an MBA from Cornell University.  At Cornell, he concentrated in natural resource economics,
particularly energy and water resources.  He was raised in New York City, is married, and has a son.