Acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Bernhardt will permanently take control of the agency pending Senate confirmation, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter Feb. 4.

Bernhardt was confirmed as deputy secretary of the Interior in April 2017 and took over from departing Secretary Ryan Zinke after Zinke left the agency in early 2019 amidst multiple watchdog investigations.

Bernhardt worked for the Department of Interior for eight years in the early 2000s before leaving to work at a Colorado-based law firm, where he represented various energy and resource companies.

Trump tweeted that he thinks the veteran lobbyist, who has worked to promote a pro-energy project agenda, has done a “fantastic job” in the month he has led the agency and he looks forward to an official confirmation.

Jessie Bur covers the federal workforce and the changes most likely to impact government employees.

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