The MMS announced that Mary Katherine Ishee has been appointed deputy director. Ms. Ishee will "assist MMS Director Liz Birnbaum in the administration of programs that ensure the effective management of energy resources located on the OCS - including the development of offshore renewable energy - and the environmentally safe exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas." Ms. Ishee's background includes both public and private positions, including serving as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.