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Director of US Minerals Management Service fired

4 years ago May 27, 2010 May 27, 2010 Thursday, May 27 2010 Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:28:16 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

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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