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Director of US Minerals Management Service fired

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Posted: May 27, 2010 9:28 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: May 27, 2010 9:46 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Obama, administration, fired, U.S. Minerals Management Service, criticism, oversight, offshore drilling, oil, spill, Gulf of Mexico, BP

Democratic sources say the Obama administration has fired the head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service in response to blistering criticism over lax oversight of offshore drilling.

Sources tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will announce the decision Thursday.

Elizabeth "Liz" Birnbaum had run the service in the Interior Department since July 2009.

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