Michael R. Bromwich

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program

Michael R. Bromwich is a senior adviser at CSIS and a former director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) for the U.S. Department of Interior. In 2010, while at BOEMRE, he was charged him with the reform of regulation and oversight of offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. Over the course of 17 months, Mr. Bromwich led the development and implementation of a series of far-reaching regulatory and organizational reforms that revamped the nation’s regulation of offshore energy exploration, development, and production. Subsequent to serving as director of BOEMRE (June 2010 to September 2011), he was named director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (October 2011 to November 2011).

From 1999 to 2010, Mr. Bromwich was a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., and New York offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he headed the firm’s Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring Group. In 2002, he was selected by the Department of Justice and the District of Columbia to serve as independent monitor for the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), focusing on use of force, civil rights integrity, internal misconduct, and training issues. He served in that position until 2008, when MPD was determined to have achieved substantial compliance. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Bromwich served as inspector general for the Department of Justice, where he headed the law enforcement agency principally responsible for conducting criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of corruption and misconduct involving the 120,000 employees of the Department of Justice. From 1983 to 1987, he was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Bromwich has authored articles on energy-related issues in Newsweek, CNN International, the Houston Chronicle, and New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has authored articles on law enforcement, criminal justice, and oversight issues in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Legal Times. Mr. Bromwich received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1980 and his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government the same year. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 1976. Mr. Bromwich is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and New York Bar.

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Email: mrbromwich [at] hotmail.com