The Department of Energy announced August 27 the appointments of Paula Gant to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas and Julio Friedmann to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, both in the Office of Fossil Energy. Gant currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning at the American Gas Association and Friedmann is the Chief Energy Technologist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Gant will begin in her new role September 9.