Brennan Becomes NOAA Head
William J. Brennan on Saturday became acting under secretary of commerce for ocean and atmosphere and acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Brennan formerly served as assistant secretary and deputy administrator, as well as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for international affairs. Brennan succeeds retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr., who resigned from NOAA after seven years.
Brennan also serves as director of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, an interagency program that coordinates and integrates scientific agencies and integrates the planning and budgeting of federal climate and global change activities.