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Paul Doremus, performing the duties of Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management

Paul Doremus

Performing the duties of Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management

Paul Doremus is performing the duties of Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management. In this role, he will be responsible for driving NOAA’s programs in areas ranging from enabling marine transportation to managing our nation’s fisheries and protecting and preserving coastal resources. He also serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations at NOAA Fisheries.

In his role at NOAA Fisheries, Dr. Doremus serves as the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of the agency's operations. This is a critical leadership position that oversees NOAA Fisheries' financial and business processes; works to strategically align and improve the performance of NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with other NOAA line offices; and ensures NOAA Fisheries has effective and efficient infrastructure for its mission, ranging from fleet and facilities to information technology and workforce.

Before coming to NOAA Fisheries, he was the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Program Planning and Integration. In this position, he was responsible for NOAA's long-term strategic plan, NOAA-wide strategy implementation, and NOAA's corporate performance evaluation methods and measures.

Prior to joining NOAA in 2005, Dr. Doremus served as Director of the Program Office for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he led the development and implementation of NIST's long-range strategic plan and associated performance evaluation system and practices; provided the NIST Director and senior managers with technical, economic, policy, and program analyses and counsel; and helped NIST improve its relationships with government and private sector customers and stakeholders.

From 1995 to 1997, he served as a Senior Analyst in the Commerce Department's Office of Technology Policy, following his position as Project Director in the congressional Office of Technology Assessment (1992–1995). His work experience and academic background center on corporate strategy and performance management, portfolio planning and evaluation, science and technology policy, and the intersection of economics and public policy.

He received his B.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.