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Senior Advisor for Alaska Affairs

Steve Wackowski is the senior advisor for Alaska Affairs in the Interior Department. In this role, which is based in Anchorage, Wackowski will serve as Secretary Zinke’s Alaska “‘point person.'”

Steve Wackowski has a “background in the oil and gas industry.” He began his DC career on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and later worked as Ted Stevens’ Press Secretary. He returned to Alaska to work on Lisa Murkowski’s 2010 Senate campaign, and then managed Murkowski’s 2016 Senate campaign. In 2013, Wackowski began working for a joint venture between Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation and Olgoonik Oilfield Services, providing “aerial remote sensing services for the oil and gas industry in Alaska.” Wackowski is also a major in the Air Force Reserves.

Sources: [Brittany Patterson, “Zinke names Alaska adviser,” Energy & Environment, 05/31/17, LinkedIn Profile for Steve Wackowski, accessed 06/21/17, and Liz Ruskin, “Former Murkowski campaign manager selected for Interior job,” Alaska Public Media, 05/30/17]

Special Interests

Olgoonik Oilfield Services (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Wackowski worked for a project to provide aerial remote sensing services for the oil and gas industry. One of the partners of the project was Olgoonik Oilfield Services, an Alaskan company that provides services, equipment and personnel for oil and gas exploration and production.

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Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Wackowski worked for a project to provide aerial remote sensing services for the oil and gas industry. One of the partners of the project was Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation, which is a subsidiary of the pro-drilling Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

Until joining Zinke’s Interior Department, Steve Wackowski worked as the operations manager for a joint venture between the Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation and Olgoonik Oilfield Services, formed to “provide aerial remote sensing services for the oil and gas industry.”

Olgoonik Oilfield Services is an Alaskan company that provides “services, equipment and personnel” for oil and gas exploration and production. Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation, which owns “approximately 92,000 acres of surface lands” within ANWR, is a subsidiary of the pro-drilling Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, which sold the rights to “some of the 90,000 acres of land” in ANWR “to Chevron and BP for millions” in 1983.

[LinkedIn Profile for Steve Wackowski, accessed 06/21/17]

Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation is a subsidiary of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, “established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Act of 1971,” that owns “approximately 92,000 acres of surface lands” within ANWR. In 1983, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, “which is for drilling,” sold the rights to “some of the 90,000 acres of land” in ANWR “to Chevron and BP for millions of dollars,” meaning “if ANWR opened up, they could move in and start drilling.”

[“Kaktovik,” Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, accessed 06/23/17 and Emily Carlson, “Kaktovik: A village divided,” KTVA, 02/16/15]

Olgoonik Oilfield Services calls themselves “Alaska’s oil and gas industry… specialists,” and promises to deliver the “services, equipment and personnel needed to optimize oilfield exploration [and] production.”

[“Essential Operations Support,” Olgoonik Oilfield Services, accessed 06/23/17]

Political Connections

Steve Wackowski has donated at least $2,122 to Republican politicians and the Alaska GOP, including $250 to Lisa Murkowski’s 2016 Senate campaign.

[National Institute for Money in State Politics Search for Steve Wackowski, accessed 06/09/17]

Current Activity

On February 2, 2018, Alaskan oil exploration services and equipment company Olgoonik Oilfield Services received a $16,500 contract from the Interior Department. Wackowski used to work for a “joint venture” between Olgoonik Oilfield Services and Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation.

Before working at Interior, Steve Wackowski worked for a joint venture between Kaktovik Iñupiat Corporation and Olgoonik Oilfield Services, providing “aerial remote sensing services for the oil and gas industry in Alaska.”

[LinkedIn Profile for Steve Wackowski, accessed 06/21/17]

“Olgoonik Oilfield Services delivers the services, equipment and personnel needed to optimize oilfield exploration, production and environmental programs.”

[Home, Olgoonik Oilfield Services, accessed 02/05/18]

On February 2, 2018, Olgoonik Oilfield Services received a $16,500 contract from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management for “the supply of fuel.”

[Marlyn Vitin, “Federal Contracts Awarded to Companies in Alaska (Feb. 3),” Targeted News Service, 02/03/18]

The only other federal contract Olgoonik has ever received was a $22,838 contract, later readjusted down to $14,024.95, from the Interior Department’s US Geological Survey for “Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations.” Olgoonik received this contract on March 06, 2017, before Wackowski worked at Interior.

[Olgoonik Oilfield Services, USA Spending, accessed 02/05/18]

Financials

According to his 2017 financial disclosure form, Wackowksi’s received  compensation exceeding $5,000 in a year from an Anchorage, Alaska LLC called “Arctic Frontiers,” of which Wackowski was the sole proprietor, and from another Anchorage-based LLC called “Fairweather Science LLC.”

[Steve Wackowski, OGE Form, 2017]

Financial Disclosure

Department of the Interior salary: $153,766

[Stephen M. Wackowski, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/14/18]