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Franklin Orr, Joseph Hezir Confirmed to Energy Dept. Roles; Ernest Moniz Comments

Energy DepartmentThe U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Franklin Orr as undersecretary for science and energy and Joseph Hezir as chief financial officer at the Energy Department.

The agency said Thursday that Orr, formerly director of Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, will manage government science research programs on various energy-related fields.

Hezir will oversee budget administration, corporate financial systems, internal controls, finance and accounting, strategic planning, and program analysis and evaluation, the department added.

According to the announcement, Orr’s new role is the result of an expansion of responsibilities under the undersecretary for science role.

He will provide program oversight for the offices of energy efficiency and renewable energy, electricity delivery and energy reliability, fossil and nuclear energy, Indian energy and technology transfer.

“Lynn Orr is an outstanding scientist and has successfully led a major multidisciplinary program on energy sources, technology and analysis at one of the top research universities,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Orr has been a member of the Stanford faculty for nearly three decades and is previously dean of the Stanford School of Earth Sciences.

Meanwhile, Hezir was executive director of The Future of Solar Energy Study under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative before his appointment to the Energy Department.

“Joe’s experience in the energy, environmental and budgetary realms and his strategic approach to challenges make him a great fit as chief financial officer for the agency,” Moniz noted.

Hezir also previously worked at the EOP Group, Office of Management and Budget, Exxon Research and Engineering and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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