Richard Newell announced last week that after nearly two years of service as the Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, he will return next month to his position as professor of energy and environmental economics at Duke University. EIA Deputy Administrator Howard Gruenspecht will serve as Acting Administrator effective July 1.

President Obama nominated Ken Kopocis last week to become the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator for water. Mr. Kopocis has served as senior counsel for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since 2008 and is an attorney with more than 25 years of congressional experience on Clean Water Act issues.