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Jill L. Sigal

DOE

TESTIMONY OF
Jill Lea Sigal
Nominee
Assistant Secretary
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
United States Department of Energy
Before the
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
United States Senate
July 12, 2005
Mr. Chairman, Senator Bingaman, and members of the Committee, I am honored
to appear before you today as President George W. Bush's nominee to serve as the
Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. I would
like to thank the President for nominating me and the Committee for considering my
nomination.
I am here today with several members of my family - my husband Bob Muth, our
wonderful four-year old son Harrison, my sister Pam and my brother- in-law Paul
Kraszewski. I would like to thank them for their tremendous love and support which I
have depended upon while serving at the Department of Energy.
There is one member of my family who is not here today - my mother, Nancy
Sigal. She passed away last week. My mother taught me many things including
compassion, inner strength and to never give up in the face of adversity. She embodied
these qualities throughout her life. I will strive to maintain her high level of integrity and
compassion in my life's endeavors.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to Secretary Samuel Bodman for his
support and his confidence in me. I have worked closely with the Secretary since mid-
December through his nomination process and for the last five months at the Department.
It is a tremendous privilege for me to work on a daily basis with someone of Secretary
Bodman's character, integrity and intellect.
I have had the privilege of serving in the Department of Energy's Office of
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs since July 2003. I started in the office as
the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Science, then became the Principal
Deputy Assistant Secretary and I was named Acting Assistant Secretary in January of this
year.
In my work, and in my life, I am guided by several principles. Among them are:
honesty, integrity and loyalty. If I am confirmed, these are the principles by which the
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs will be guided.
If confirmed, I commit to you to -
- always provide information in a frank and timely manner;
- always be responsive to Members of Congress and their staff; and
- always be willing to meet with this Committee, other Members of Congress and
Congressional staff.
During my tenure at the Department of Energy, and in my previo us experience in
the private sector, I have worked with members of this Committee, as well as other
members in both the Senate and the House, on a wide array of energy and environmental
issues. Should I be confirmed, I look forward to continuing the working relationship with
this committee and Congress
In addition to our work with members of Congress and congressional committees,
the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs works on a daily basis with
Governors, state legislatures, tribal go vernments and other stakeholders. With major
facilities in many States across the nation, employing thousands of federal and contractor
employees, it is also critically important that our office maintain open communications
with these stakeholders.
If confirmed, I will draw upon my experiences, both in my 20-year career, as well
as well as in life, to do my very best to meet your highest expectations. It is indeed an
honor and a privilege to testify before you today. This concludes my statement and I
would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you.