As Director of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), Mr. Gould is responsible for the collection and disbursement of approximately 10 billion dollars annually in revenues owed the Federal government and American Indians from energy production on all Federal and American Indian lands. Additionally, he is responsible for ONRR’s compliance, enforcement, and financial management programs, and implementation of the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, EITI in the United States.
Mr. Gould began his career with the Department of the Interior as a Geologist in the New York Outer Continental Shelf office of the Bureau of Land Management in 1981. Prior to serving in his current position, Mr. Gould served as head of the Environmental Division within the former Minerals Management Service (MMS) and was responsible for exercising policy and staff direction over a nationwide program for environmental assessment of the Outer Continental Shelf. The Division provided policy guidance, direction, and program oversight with respect to evaluating the potential and actual environmental impacts associated with extraction of offshore minerals, including oil, gas, sand, gravel, and renewable energy production. The Division ensured agency policies and industry practices conformed to the Nation’s environmental policies and laws. As a charter member of the former MMS, Mr. Gould served in various capacities in the headquarters offices of the Offshore program – working as a Marine Policy Analyst with the Offshore Information Program, a Physical Scientist in charge of the Offshore Civil/Criminal Penalties Program, and as Chief of the Safety and Enforcement Branch in the Offshore Engineering and Operations Division.
In addition to his Executive Branch work, Mr. Gould served as an energy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oceanography.
Mr. Gould earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, and graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University. Mr. Gould has been married for over 30 years, has two grown children, and lives in Sterling, Virginia.