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Bureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: Monday, August 28, 2006

Celia Boddington

BLM Director Appoints Mike Ferguson as Assistant Director for Business and Fiscal Resources

Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke announced today the appointment of Mike Ferguson as the agency’s Assistant Director for Business and Fiscal Resources. Ferguson, a native Californian, has been serving for the past two years as the BLM’s Budget Officer in Washington, D.C., where he has provided leadership and technical expertise in the development and implementation of the agency’s $1.8 billion annual budget.

“I am extremely proud of the work that Mike has done for the Bureau and am confident he will excel in this new position overseeing our business and fiscal resources,” Clarke said. “His management and leadership skills have already been tested in Washington, and he also brings with him a wealth of experience from the field.”

As Assistant Director, Ferguson will serve as the BLM’s chief financial officer, and will help oversee national policy development related to acquisition, property management, budget matters, and business practices. The Business and Fiscal Resources directorate that Ferguson will head includes a staff of 60 in Washington, D.C., and 145 in the BLM’s Business Center in Denver, Colo.

In his 31 years as a career government employee, Ferguson has served in a variety of roles and locations within the BLM. Prior to his arrival in Washington, D.C., in 2004, Ferguson was the agency’s Associate State Director in Idaho. A former San Francisco Bay Area resident and a 1973 Humboldt State University graduate, Ferguson has worked in BLM State and Field offices in California, as well as in Arizona and Oregon, holding a number of wildlife biologist and management positions.

Ferguson and his wife, Deb Rawhouser, the BLM’s group manager for Planning Assessment and Community Support in Washington, D.C., currently reside in McLean, Va., with their 7-year-old-son, Benjamin. Both of their grown children, Julie 32, and Don, 29, and Ferguson’s parents, Don and Edna Ferguson, live in California.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land—261 million surface acres—than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.