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Alternate Member, Mineral/Energy Stakeholder, Royalty Policy Committee

Albert Modiano is an alternate member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Albert Modiano is President of US Oil & Gas Association, which represents thousands of oil and gas companies. From 1989-1992, he served as Deputy Director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) at the Department of the Interior. He has also served as Office Director of Oil Policy at the Department of Energy. Modiano has held “positions with the American Petroleum Institute, International Energy Agency, and Federal Energy Administration” and worked “as an energy legislative assistant to Senator Howard Metzenbaum.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, “Albert L. Modiano – President,” US Oil & Gas Association in Washington, accessed 12/01/17, and LinkedIn Profile for Alby Modiano, accessed 12/01/17]

Special Interests

U.S. Oil & Gas Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Modiano is the President of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, which represents thousands of oil and gas companies “covering the full spectrum of the domestic petroleum industry.”

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Texas Oil and Gas Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Modiano is the President of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, which has a division called the Texas Oil and Gas Association.

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Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Modiano is the President of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, which has a division called the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.

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Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Modiano is the President of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, which has a division called the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.

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Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Modiano is the President of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, which has a division called the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association.

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US Oil & Gas Association Mississippi/Alabama Division (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Modiano is the President of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, which has a division called the US Oil & Gas Association Mississippi/Alabama Division.

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American Petroleum Institute (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Modiano used to work for the American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and natural gas lobby.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

U.S. Oil & Gas Association

American Petroleum Institute

International Energy Agency

Federal Energy Administration

United States Senate, Senator Howard Metzenbaum

United States Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service

United States Department of Energy, Oil Policy Office

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

As Deputy Director of DOI’s Minerals Management Service, Albert Modiano promoted settling 26 different oil leasing disputes with ConocoPhillips for noticeably less than the full owed amount.

In the 1990s, Albert Modiano pushed MMS to take “’80-90 cents on the dollar'” to settle 26 different cases where the US government accused Conoco Phillips of “payment issues… with leases, including product valuation, royalty reporting and payment, and production monitoring.” According to Modiano, the settlement “’grew out of discussions’” with Conoco. [“MMS STUDIES NEW WAYS TO SOLVE ROYALTY FIGHTS,” Platt’s Oilgram News, 06/05/92]

Albert Modiano, who has been a federal lobbyist since 1999, has lobbied the Interior Department every year since 2008.

From 1999 until December 2016, Albert Modiano worked as a federal lobbyist for the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, and in every year since 2008, Modiano has lobbied the Interior Department. [U.S. Senate Lobbying Disclosure Database, accessed 09/26/17]

For several years, Albert Modiano “penned a monthly ‘Washington Report’ in publication published by and for the Texas oil and gas industry.”

[“About Us,” U.S. Oil & Gas Association, accessed 09/21/17]

Albert Modiano said he was not interested in public service opportunities because the oil and gas “‘industry has been very generous with me.’”

In 2001, when he was a potential candidate to head DOI’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), Albert Modiano said he was “not pursuing the job,” admitting the oil and gas “‘industry has been very generous with me.’” [“ANNOUNCEMENTS ON NEW OFFICIALS AT THE INTERIOR DEPT. ARE UNLIKELY,” Platt’s Oilgram News, 01/29/01]

In 2012, U.S. Chamber of Commerce appointed Albert Modiano to its “Association Committee of 100,” to “enhance Chamber lobbying… work.”

In November 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it had appointed Albert Modiano to its “Association Committee of 100,” to “represent association members before the U.S. Chamber’s board of directors, enhance Chamber lobbying and coalition work, recommend programming, and strengthen outreach to the business and association community.” [“U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100 Welcomes Five New Members,” Targeted News Service, 11/09/12]

Political Connections

In 2008, Albert Modiano hosted a $500-a-plate DC fundraiser for Rep. Kevin Brady to “get him better acquainted with more industries.”

[Invitation for Rep. Kevin Brady Fundraiser, Political Party Time, 05/20/08]

Since 1995, Albert Modiano has given at least $3,000 to Republican and Democratic politicians across the country, including Bob Dole, George W. Bush, Luther Strange, and Bill Richardson.

[Search for Albert Modiano, National Institute on Money in State Politics, accessed 09/26/17, Search for Albert Modiano, Federal Election Commission, accessed 09/26/17, and Search for Albert Modiano, CQ Political MoneyLine, accessed 09/26/17]

Current Activity

  • Potential Conflict of Interest:

Albert Modiano is the President of the U.S. Oil & Gas Association, which has “over 3,500 individual members, covering the full spectrum of the domestic petroleum industry,” including “the Texas Oil and Gas Association, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association of Oklahoma and the US Oil & Gas Association Mississippi/Alabama Division.” As an alternate member of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, Modiano will be advising Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.” Holding these two positions simultaneously could be a potential conflict of interest. [“About Us,” U.S. Oil & Gas Association, accessed 09/21/17 and Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17]