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Chief Human Capital Officer: Craig Hooks

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Craig Hooks currently serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On May 13, 2009, he was nominated by President Obama to serve in this role and was confirmed on August 7, 2009. In this capability, Mr. Hooks also serves as EPA’s Senior Accountable Official for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which seeks in part to spur technological advances in science and health and to invest in environmental protection and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. EPA manages over $7 billion in projects and programs that will help achieve these goals, offers resources to help other agencies "green" a much larger set of Recovery investments, and administers environmental laws that will govern Recovery activities. OARM is responsible for governing the agency’s resources management including grants and contracts, human resources and facilities.

Prior to joining OARM, Mr. Hooks served as the Director of the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW) within EPA’s Office of Water. OWOW promotes a watershed approach to manage, protect, and restore the water resources and aquatic ecosystems of the nation’s marine and fresh waters. Before that, he served as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Environmental Information (OEI). OEI supports the Agency’s mission to protect public health and the environment by integrating quality environmental information to make it useful for informing decisions, improving management, documenting performance, and measuring success. Before joining OEI, Mr. Hooks served as the OWOW Deputy Director.

Prior to joining OWOW, he served as the Director of the Federal Facilities Enforcement Office within the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). There, he was directly responsible for ensuring that Federal agencies meet multi-billion dollar cleanup commitments which are under EPA’s oversight and comply with environmental law. Mr. Hooks also served as the Associate Director of the Administration and Resource Management Support Staff within OECA where he managed a wide range of administrative functions. Mr. Hooks spent two years as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrators for OARM and OECA. OECA is responsible for managing a national criminal enforcement, regulatory, site remediation, Federal facilities enforcement and compliance assurance programs, and the Federal activities program responsible for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.

Before joining EPA, Mr. Hooks worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a physical scientist. Mr. Hooks received a Masters degree in Oceanography from the Texas A&M University in 1987, and a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1982. Mr. Hooks is married and the father of three girls.

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