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Rick Perry to Step Down as Energy Secretary

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Rick Perry

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday his plan to resign from his post at the end of the year through a letter addressed to President Trump.

In the letter, Perry stated some of the accomplishments of the Department of Energy under his purview, including the establishment of the office of artificial intelligence and technology and the office of cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response.

“These new offices will help to provide the underlying research and building blocks for government and the private sector to work together in tackling challenges and pursuing opportunities,” he wrote.

Other DOE efforts Perry mentioned are the nuclear modernization initiative in support of the national security mission; cleanup of nuclear facilities; and energy independence. Perry, former governor of Texas, assumed his current role in March 2017.