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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

Scott Cameron is serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. He previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Policy, Management, and Budget, exercising the authority of the Acting Secretary. “The Office of Policy, Management and Budget (PMB) is situated within the Office of the Secretary and is responsible for a variety of cross-cutting management and operational issues that directly affect the Department’s ability to fulfill its mission. The Assistant Secretary-PMB leads the office and serves as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Acquisition Officer, and Chief Performance Officer.”

Scott Cameron has a long career in government, lobbying, and industry. He began his DC career as a legislative assistant in Senator Chic Hecht’s office from 1985 to 1989. From 1989 to 1995 he was the Deputy Chief of the Interior Branch at the Office of Management and Budget. From 1996 to 1999 Cameron was the “Washington Representative” for the State of California, and managed California’s relationship “with federal natural resource, energy, and environmental agencies.”

Next, Cameron worked as a registered lobbyist for CHEP International, then returned to government to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance, Accountability, and Human Resources at the Department of the Interior in the George W. Bush Administration. Cameron spent from 2006 to 2012 in the private sector, as the Director in the Global Public Sector of Grant Thornton LLP, an “international accounting and management consulting firm.”

Between 2013 and 2017, Cameron held several positions at various companies, including working as a senior advisor at Dawson and Associates. While he worked at Dawson and Associates, the firm lobbied for companies in extractive industries, including the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Shell Oil Company, the Mosaic Company, and the Miami-Dade Limestone Products Association. Cameron also became President of the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC), a coalition whose partners include the American Petroleum Institute, Western Energy Alliance, the Westlands Water District, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 05/26/17, “Office of Policy, Management and Budget,” Department of the Interior, accessed 06/05/17, LinkedIn Profile for Scott Cameron, accessed 06/05/17, “Company Overview of Grant Thornton LLP,” Bloomberg, accessed 06/05/17, and “Our Goals,” Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, accessed 06/05/17, and Order No, 3345, Amendment 17, Department of the Interior, 03/31/18]

Special Interests

Marcellus Shale Coalition (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While Cameron worked at lobbying firm Dawson and Associates, the firm lobbied for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a regional natural gas industry trade association.

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Shell Oil Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While Cameron worked at lobbying firm Dawson and Associates, the firm lobbied for Shell Oil Company.

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Mosaic Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While Cameron worked at lobbying firm Dawson and Associates, the firm lobbied for the Mosaic Company, the world's largest supplier of phosphate and potash.

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Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Cameron was President of the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition. RRISC, which aims to address invasive species issues, is partners with American Petroleum Institute and Western Energy Alliance.

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Miami-Dade Limestone Products Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

While Cameron worked at lobbying firm Dawson and Associates, the firm lobbied for the Miami-Dade Limestone Products Association, which is comprised of companies that produce limestone in Northwest Miami-Dade County.

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CHEP International (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Cameron worked as a lobbyist for CHEP International, a materials handling business that serves customers in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, consumer goods, fresh foods and manufacturing industries.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

From 1999 to 2001, Scott Cameron worked as a lobbyist for CHEP International, a “materials handling” business.

Scott Cameron was the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, and worked as a lobbyist, for CHEP International. CHEP International specializes in “materials handling,” and serves customers in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, consumer goods, fresh foods and manufacturing industries.

[“Scott J. Cameron, IPMA-CP,” H.J. Steininger PLLC, accessed 06/05/17, “Our Customers,” CHEP.com, accessed 06/05/17, and LinkedIn Profile for Scott Cameron, accessed 06/05/17]

Scott Cameron, from 2001 to 2006, was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance, Accountability, and Human Resources at the Department of the Interior.

From 2001 to 2006, Scott Cameron was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance, Accountability, and Human Resources at the Department of the Interior.

[LinkedIn Profile for Scott Cameron, accessed 06/05/17]

From 2013 to 2017, Scott Cameron was a senior advisor at lobbying firm Dawson and Associates, while the firm lobbied for companies in extractive industries, including the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Shell Oil Company, the Mosaic Company, and the Miami-Dade Limestone Products Association.

Scott Cameron was a senior advisor at a lobbying firm that advertises itself as the “nation’s premier firm for resolving complex challenges involving Federal water resources and environmental regulatory policy and procedures.” While Cameron was at Dawson and Associates, he helped “private sector clients fully and quickly satisfy federal environmental requirements” and created “win-win situations for business and government.”

During Cameron’s time at Dawson and Associates, the firm lobbied on behalf of extractive interests, including: the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Shell Oil Company, the Mosaic Company, and the Miami-Dade Limestone Products Association, among others.

[“Home,” Dawson & Associates, accessed 06/05/17, LinkedIn Profile for Scott Cameron, accessed 06/05/17, and Search for Dawson and Associates, United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 06/05/17]

Political Connections

Scott Cameron has given more than $2,600 to Republican candidates and causes, including giving to George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Donald Trump.

Scott Cameron has contributed more than $2,600 to Republican politicians; including a $850 contribution to George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, $1,000 to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and $28 to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

[Political Moneyline Search for Scott Cameron, CQ, accessed 06/02/17]

Current Activity

Possible Conflicts of Interest

  • R3 Government Solutions LLC

From May 19, 2017 until July 28, 2017, Scott Cameron was Acting Assistant Secretary, Water and Science for the Department of Interior, a capacity in which he oversaw the Bureau of Reclamation. Before working at Interior, Cameron worked at a consulting company called R3 Government Solutions, first as a Senior Vice-President and more recently as an Executive Advisor. According to one post on his LinkedIn, he left the company in January 2017. On September 18, 2017, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $111,694 federal contract to R3 Government Solutions LLC. 

Scott Cameron has been serving as the Interior Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget since May 14, 2017.

[FOIA Response, Department of the Interior, 08/24/17, and Department of Interior, Press Release, 05/26/17]

On May 19, 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a Secretarial Order “amending the temporary delegation of authority” for “Assistant Secretary – Water and Science to Scott Cameron.” In this capacity, Cameron was serving as the Acting Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science and was “responsible for overseeing” the Bureau of Reclamation. Cameron was delegated the authority for Assistant Secretary – Water and Science until July 28, 2017, when Secretary Zinke issued a new Secretarial Order re-delegating that authority to Andrea J. Travnicek.

[“Order No. 3345, Amendment No. 5,” Department of the Interior, 05/19/17, Ariel Wittenberg, “Infrastructure, flood bills set to advance,” Energy & Environment, 06/19/17, Department of the Interior, Press Release, 11/14/17, and “Order No. 3345, Amendment No. 7,” Department of the Interior, 07/28/17]

Before working at the Interior Department, Scott Cameron was affiliated with R3 Government Solutions LLC, an organization that offers “consulting services,” and according to its website, “provides government with powerful transformational capabilities in business process, human capital and information technology & security to drive successful program execution and mission achievement.”

[“Company Overview of R3 Government Solutions LLC,” Bloomberg, accessed 12/07/17, and “Home,” R3 Government Solutions, accessed 12/07/17]

From at least 2011 to October 2013 Scott Cameron was the Senior Vice-President of R3 Government Solutions. Starting in November 2013, he was an Executive Advisor for R3 Government Solutions. According to one post on Cameron’s LinkedIn profile, he left R3 Government Solutions in January 2017.

[“Managing in an unsettled environment,” Ask Magazine, Spring 2011, “Leadership,” R3 Government Solutions, accessed via the wayback machine, 10/13/13, “Leadership,” R3 Government Solutions, accessed via the wayback machine, 11/13/13, and LinkedIn Profile for Scott Cameron, accessed 12/07/17]

On September 18, 2017, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation awarded R3 Government Solutions LLC in Arlington, Virginia a “$111,693.54 federal contract… for ‘Writing of Standardized PDs.'” The Bureau of Reclamation awarded the contract after a “full and open competition,” but R3 Government Solutions’ bid was the only offer received.

[“Contract Award: R3 Government Solutions Wins Federal Contract for ‘Writing of Standardized PDs,'” US Fed News, 09/19/17, and “R3 GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC INR17PD00971,” USA Spending, accessed 12/07/17]

  • Tuknik Government Services

Scott Cameron was previously employed by Tuknik Government Services, a government contracting company that has received over $3.7 million from Interior since Cameron started working there.

According to Cameron’s 2017 financial disclosure form, before working at Interior Scott Cameron was paid by Tuknik Government Services for “consulting services provided to federal and state agencies and teaching at universities.”

[Scott Cameron, OGE Form 278e, 2017]

Tuknik Government Services is a subsidiary of Koniag Incorporated, an Alaska Native Regional Corporation, and is an SBA Certified 8(a) company that provides information, technology solutions and professional services to government clients.

[About Us, Tuknik Government Services, accessed 03/09/18]

Since Scott Cameron started working at Interior, Tuknik Government Services has received a total of $3,724,364 in contracts from the Interior Department. They received a $998,130 contract from Interior in September 20, 2017, and a $2,726,234 contract on February 20, 2018. Tuknik Government Services appears to have never received a contract from the Interior Department before Cameron started working there.

[Search for “Tuknik Government Services,” USA Spending, accessed 03/09/18]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

Department of the Interior Salary: $170,000

[Scott Cameron, ProPublica’s TrumpTown, accessed 03/13/18]

Other Information

From 2014 to 2017 Scott Cameron was the President of the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC), a coalition whose partners include the American Petroleum Institute, Western Energy Alliance, the Westlands Water District, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Scott Cameron, from March 2014 to January 2017, was the President of the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC). RRISC “educates Americans on the risks posed by invasive species to the economy, environment, and public health of the United States, and promotes cost-effective strategies to reduce those risks.”

RRISC’s goals include “reduc[ing] the regulatory burden of the Endangered Species Act on American society by addressing invasive species” and “demonstrat[ing] the success of nonregulatory solutions to a nationally significant environmental problem.” RRISC’s partners include the American Petroleum Institute, Western Energy Alliance, Westlands Water District, and the United States Department of Agriculture, among others.

[LinkedIn Profile for Scott Cameron, accessed 06/02/17, “Our Goals,” Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, accessed 06/05/17, and “Our Partners,” Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, accessed 06/02/17]

Scott Cameron was an instructor at a $1095-per-head Presidential Transition training forum in Washington D.C. put by on by a “non-profit educational organization.”

Potomac Forum, Ltd. “was founded in 1982 as a non-profit educational organization to provide a wide range of educational services for government and industry.”

[Potomac Forum, Ltd., ” About Potomac Forum” Accessed on 6/16/17]

According to PotomacForum.org, “The Presidential Transition Year – Navigating the Perils and Opportunities Training Workshop for Government A Survival Guide for Civil Servants During the Remainder of 2016, Wednesday, May 25, 2016… Instructor: Scott J. Cameron… Registration Information: Government Employees: (Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID) Early Bird Registration Fee: Now $895 until 5/1/2016 Registration Fee: $995 after 5/1/2016… Industry Employees: (Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID) Early Bird Registration Fee: Now $995 until 5/1/2016 Registration Fee: $1095 after 5/1/2016 ”

[Potomac Forum, Ltd, “The Presidential Transition Year – Navigating the Perils and Opportunities Training Workshop for Government,” 5/25/16]