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A Bill Nelson staffer heads to the agency the Florida Democrat loves to vilify

Susie Perez, a staffer for Bill Nelson, is leaving his office to work for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement - formerly Minerals Management Service - a favorite target of the anti-oil drilling Florida Democrat who for years has assailed the agency for being too cozy with the industry it was supposed to regulate.

A spokesman for Nelson said Perez, his deputy legislative director, is an expert on oil drilling and related issues and her move to MMS "signals the administration is serious about reforms" at the agency.

The Obama administration promised changes to the agency when it took office -- and even more changes after the Gulf oil spill. A new chief is at the helm of the agency as well.

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