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Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Water and Science

Timothy “Tim” Petty is serving as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. The Assistant Secretary for Water and Science “oversees both the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation, and guides the development of national water and science policies.”

Tim Petty is a longtime federal employee who previously worked in the Department of Interior during the George W. Bush administration. At the beginning of his career, Petty “worked in the private sector for more than 10 years in California and Indiana as a geologist and a hydrogeologist.” He lived in Moscow, Russia, for four years, working “for a non-profit educational organization,” and, after returning to the U.S., “served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy.” From 1999 to 2006, Petty worked for the Senate Republican Conference as Director of Information Resources for Senators Connie Mack (R-FL) and Rick Santorum (R-PA). In 2006, Petty began working for the Department of the Interior as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. From 2009 to 2017, Petty worked for Senator Jim Risch as deputy legislative director “on issues of water, natural resources, environment, science, technology and telecommunications and space.”

Sources: [“Tracking how many key positions Trump has filled so far,” Washington Post, accessed 01/02/18, White House, Press Release, 11/13/17, Federal Position Descriptions, “Assistant Secretary for Water and Science,” Center for Presidential Transition, accessed 11/15/17, “Petty Tim,” University of Alaska Fairbanks, accessed 11/15/17, Rocky Barker, “Aide to Idaho’s Jim Risch tapped to oversee Interior water and science policy,” Idaho Statesman, 11/14/17, Legistorm Profile for Tim Petty, accessed 11/17/17, and Interior Department, Press Release, 04/06/06]

Background Information

Previous Employers

Senator Jim Risch, United States Senate

Department of Interior

Senate Republican Conference

Department of Energy

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

While working in the Interior Department during the George W. Bush administration, Tim Petty promoted climate change action and alternative energy. In 2008, Petty led delegation visits to Guam and Vietnam, where he promoted alternative energy sources and responses to climate change.

Tim Petty “served as acting assistant Interior secretary and deputy assistant secretary for water and science under President George W. Bush.” [Rocky Barker, “Aide to Idaho’s Jim Risch tapped to oversee Interior water and science policy,” Idaho Statesman, 11/14/17]

In June 2008, Tim Petty was part of a delegation from Interior that went to Guam. While there, Petty spoke out about keeping the island “from relying only on fossil-fuel-powered power plants” by developing their abundant alternative energy sources including “solar, wind and perhaps wave energy.” [Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, “White House representative visits Guam,” Pacific Daily News, 06/07/08]

In November 2008, Deputy Assistant Secretary Timothy Petty led “a delegation from the U.S. Department of the Interior” in a visit to “Hanoi and the Mekong Delta to promote U.S.-Vietnamese cooperation on responses to climate change. In Hanoi, a member of the delegation signed the charter for the new U.S.-Vietnam climate change working group.” [“Interior Delegation Joins Assistant Secretary Mcmurray To Open U.S.-Supported Climate Change Institute,” Wikileaks, 12/17/08]

While working for Congress, Tim Petty made over a million dollars and took 14 privately financed trips, including to Costa Rica, China, Washington State, and Florida.

From 2000 to 2017, Tim Petty made $1,113,971.58 working for the federal government, first on the Senate Republican Conference Committee (2001-2006), then for Senator Jim Risch (2009-2017). [“Timothy R. Petty (Tim), Congressional Staffer – Salary Data,” Legistorm, accessed 11/17/17]

While working in Congress, Tim Petty took 14 privately financed trips, costing a total of $16,024.62, including trips to Costa Rica, Washington State, Florida, Pennsylvania, and China. [“Timothy R. Petty (Tim), Congressional Staffer – Privately Financed Travel,” Legistorm, accessed 11/17/17]

Before joining the federal government, Tim Petty worked in the private sector for more than ten years in California and Indiana as a geologist and a hydrogeologist.

Petty “worked in the private sector for more than 10 years in California and Indiana as a geologist and a hydrogeologist, specializing in structural geology, surface and sub-surface water research, and environmental risk assessment.” [“Petty Tim,” University of Alaska Fairbanks, accessed 11/15/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

 

Other Information

Tim Petty lived in Moscow, Russia, for four years while working for “a non-profit educational organization.”

Petty worked for the Education Project, “a non-profit educational organization in Russia,” for four years. He provided “logistical and strategic support for educational conferences” and “conducted a health risk analysis study” with the Russia Academy of Sciences and the Department of Geology Science of Russia. [“Report on the U.S. Congressional Staff Delegation Seminars and Trip to China,” U.S.-China Policy Foundation, 2008, and Michael Doyle and Sam Mintz, “Hearing set for Interior, energy picks,” Energy & Environment, 12/04/17]