Mr. Fox' current and past experience - both at EPA and outside the Agency - have prepared him well for new responsibilities as EPA's Assistant Administrator for Water. Currently, Mr. Fox oversees EPA's Office of Reinvention. In this capacity, he directs a number of regulatory reinvention initiatives to protect our environment through the implementation of cleaner, cheaper and smarter strategies. Regulatory reinvention efforts such as Project XL and the Common Sense Initiative represent an important new way of doing business at EPA. They signal a commitment to innovative approaches to environmental protection that supplement more conventional regulatory methods.
Chuck Fox also brings with him valuable state experience. He was the Assistant Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Maryland Department of the Environment. Prior to joining Maryland state government, he served as the Chief of Staff at EPA's Office of Water and as Special Assistant to the EPA Administrator. In addition, he has worked with a number of non- profit environmental organizations on a wide range of environmental issues.
I have known Chuck Fox for many years, have worked with him, and have followed his accomplishments. His nomination to be EPA's new Assistant Administrator for Water deserves the support of this Committee.