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Former USCG Vice Admiral Brian Salerno named BSEE director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has named former Vice Admiral Brian Salerno as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which provides federal oversight for oil and gas operations on the outer continental shelf. 

Salerno, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard last year as its Deputy Commandant for Operations, will assume his new position on August 26 Salerno will serve as the third director in BSEE’s history, following the departure of Jim Watson at the end of the month.

At the Coast Guard, Salerno worked predominantly in maritime safety, security, environmental protection and emergency response, serving most recently as Deputy Commandant for Operations where he managed a workforce of 750 people, with a $1.2 billion budget.

He played an important role in the Coast Guard’s response to the Deepwater Horizon incident and spill, and has served as Incident Commander for responses to several large-scale transportation accidents, oil spills and hurricanes.

Salerno was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board that explored industry and government readiness to respond to oil spills in the Arctic Ocean and part of a team that examined interagency relationships among BSEE, the Coast Guard, other government agencies and the regulated industry.  He is a board member of the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association – a group of maritime companies and organizations committed to environmentally sound practices by industry.

Salerno received his MS degree Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and MS degree in Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University. He also has a diploma from the U.S. Naval War College and received his BS degree from Stonehill College. 



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