Douglas Faulkner succeeding Thomas Dorr at U.S.D.A.

by Josh Sosland
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WASHINGTON — Douglas L. Faulkner has been named acting undersecretary for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Faulkner succeeds Thomas C. Dorr, who resigned from the post Dec. 1. Mr. Faulkner is expected to hold the acting undersecretary position until relieved sometime after the new administration takes office Jan. 20. Mr. Faulkner had served since June 2006 as deputy undersecretary for rural development. Earlier in the Bush administration, Mr. Faulkner was with the Department of Energy as principal deputy assistant secretary and then acting assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. He has worked over the past several years to promote the growth of bioenergy, solar, wind, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cell, efficient energy technologies and other new energy markets.

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