Richard Farrell is EPA's new Associate Administrator for the Office of Reinvention. The Office of Reinvention is responsible for a broad-based agency program directed at protecting the environment and public health through innovative environmental management approaches that promise greater efficiency and effectiveness. The office is involved in efforts to eliminate outdated and duplicative provisions and innovative ways of achieving better and more cost-effective public health and environmental protection in cleaner, cheaper, and smarter ways.
Farrell brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He served as Director of Management and Administration at the US Department of Energy since October 1998. From 1995 to 1998, he was Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the state's largest regulatory and consumer protection department. Farrell was VP for Government Affairs of the Syntex Corp. from 1988 to 1994. For sixteen years, from 1972 to 1988, he served on the staff of Florida's former US Senator, Lawton Chiles, as chief of staff and legislative director. Farrell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in government from Florida State University.