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Brian Becker Named as Senior Advisor for Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: January 20, 2015

Brian BeckerWASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López has named Brian Becker, P.E., as the Senior Advisor - Design, Estimating and Construction Oversight and Dam Safety Officer.

"For more than 100 years, Reclamation and its partners have developed the tools to guide a sustainable water and power future for the West. Internal and independent oversight of construction and dam safety projects ensures consistency and that Reclamation is getting the best value for its investments," López said. "Brian's experience in dam safety and engineering will ensure the consistency of projects throughout Reclamation."

This position provides oversight of design, estimating and construction activities as they are being formulated and prepared to ensure that executive-level management decisions and products are sound at the project and corporate levels. Becker will also serve as Reclamation's Dam Safety Officer where he will provide broad program guidance, conduct reviews and perform quality assurance of Reclamation's Dam Safety Program.

Becker was named Chief of Reclamation's Dam Safety Program in 2008 where he ensured the safety and reliability of Reclamation's dams to protect the downstream public. He joined Reclamation in 1985 where he was an engineer in the Concrete Dams Branch of the Technical Service Center. In 1992, Becker left Reclamation for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and joined the Division of Engineering in the Mountain-Prairie Region. He was named as the Service Dam Safety Officer in 2000. When he returned to Reclamation in 2004, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Dam Safety Program.

Becker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a Professional Engineer in Colorado.

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