Hi, this is Bob Perciasepe. I'm honored to serve as acting administrator of @epagov
— Bob Perciasepe, EPA (@EPAadm) February 15, 2013
I'm sorry, who? I mean, nice to meet you, Bob! Welcome aboard, I guess.
As fans of the "United States Government" may know, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson recently resigned her position. The president has not yet identified a pick to succeed her -- though there is some speculation that he might select Gina McCarthy, the agency's assistant administrator for air. And even once selected, that pick would have to be confirmed by the Senate. And so: Bob Perciasepe. (His last name is pronounced per-spih-CAY-shus, probably.)
Because I am a journalist, I Googled Mr. P. He has a Wikipedia page! He grew up in Westchester County, near New York City, went to school at Syracuse and Cornell, and served as Baltimore's city planner. Eventually, he became deputy secretary of Maryland's Department of the Environment, and then the state's secretary of the environment. In 1993, Bill Clinton appointed him to the EPA's office dealing with water. In 2009, Obama made him deputy administrator of the EPA.