While Energy Secretary Bill Richardson was visiting Venezuelaand Mexico last week, DOE issued a list of 20 new appointments hehas made at the agency, which are in addition to the seven alreadyannounced in his six weeks on the job.

Last week’s appointments include David Goldwyn, counselor to thesecretary; LeeAnn Inadomi, deputy chief of staff for administrationand domestic policy; Rebecca Gaghen, deputy chief of staff forinternational policy; Calvin Humphrey, principal deputy assistantsecretary, Office of Policy and International Affairs; SarahSummerville, deputy director for small and disadvantaged businessutilization; Stu Nagurka, deputy director, Office of PublicAffairs; Isabelle Watkins, senior advisor for scheduling andadvance.

Previously Richardson had announced the appointments of GaryFalle, chief of staff; Melanie Kenderdine, senior policy advisorfor oil and gas issues; Richard Farrell, director of humanresources and administration; Lawrence H. Sanchez, director of theOffice of Intelligence; Dan Adamson, deputy assistant secretary forutility technologies, Office of Energy Efficiency and RenewableEnergy; Roger M. Gallagher, special executive advisor to theassistant secretary for fossil energy; and John M. Gilligan, chiefinformation officer.

It may take even more than those, however, to keep up withRichardson, who so far has been the most active DOE leaderWashington has seen in at least the last 15 years. The question iswhether to believe the rumors that he will be angling for a vicepresidency in next year’s national election.

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