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Congratulations Gale Kabat, new EIA retiree!

July 7

On July 1, Gale Kabat of the Office of Resource and Technology Management's Finance Team retired from EIA with a Distinguished Career Service Award.

Administrator Adam Sieminski presented to Gale Kabat, in recognition and appreciation of more than 24 years of federal government service, a plaque that reads:

"Ms. Kabat excelled at developing EIA's financial management procedures and was instrumental in thoroughly documenting and validating energy information requirements across the organization. She ensured EIA's strategic priorities and resources were closely aligned and well-justified in the budget, which greatly improved the overall quality, timeliness, and professionalism of EIA's budget formulation process."

Happy retirement, Gale!

--Rachel Tran, Office of Communications

Former EIA Administrator Richard Newell to lead Resources for the Future

May 27

On May 23, 2016, Former EIA Administrator Richard Newell was named as the next president of Resources for the Future (RFF). The organization, which was founded in 1952, conducts economic research and analysis on natural resources and the environment and is recognized as the first think tank devoted exclusively to these issues.

Newell's term as president of RFF begins on September 1, 2016, and represents a homecoming of sorts. He previously served at RFF as a researcher specializing in climate and energy issues before accepting an appointment in 2007 to become a professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. As president of RFF, Newell will lead a staff of more than 70 and oversee an institutional endowment of nearly $70 million.

Many employees at EIA may recall Newell's tenure as EIA Administrator from 2009–11. As EIA's Administrator, Newell oversaw a reorganization of EIA's offices, a refresh of EIA's brand, the redesign of EIA's website, and the beginning of EIA's front office rotation, which provides nonsupervisory staff with a better understanding of the people and processes that shape EIA and how the agency is valued by its external stakeholders.

--Tom Doggett, Office of Communications

EIA retiree, Kathy Cavanaugh, on the topic of organ donation

February 9

Many of you may remember Kathy Cavanaugh. She worked in EIA's former Office of Oil and Gas for 30 years and retired in 2008. Kathy wrote her doctoral thesis on EIA's identity and culture, and she won the Administrator's Award in 2007 for her many years of service to our organization.

She contacted me recently about the subject of organ donation, a cause that is important to her and her family. She asked me to share some information about being an organ donor with EIA staff.

Kathy wants people to know there are many ways to help including sharing information about organ donor programs, signing up to be an organ donor (which many people do when they get a driver's license), or going online to register to be a living donor.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has prepared answers to 10 frequently asked questions about organ donation, including who can donate and how the organs are distributed.

--Colleen Blessing, Office of Communications