When he's not crunching numbers and forecasting gasoline prices, the chief of the department's Energy Information Administration is shooting wildlife. Sieminski, 66, recalled a recent trip he made to the Susquehanna River. "Combining hydroelectric output with shooting eagles is a perfect outfit for an EIA administrator," Sieminski said. He quickly added, with a chuckle, that he of course meant "shooting" in the photographic sense. Back in Washington, Sieminski's biggest challenge is crunching more data with less money. The year-over-year budget cuts, exacerbated by sequestration, have come at a time when new information is critical in mapping out the extent of America's oil and natural-gas boom of the last several years. Sieminski hopes to employ more surveys that measure the fossil- fuel resources being developed throughout the country, especially in states such as North Dakota and Pennsylvania. One part of EIA's work that will probably never get put on the chopping block is gasoline-price tracking. "That's what gets the greatest hits on our website," said Sieminski, who worked at Deutsche Bank for 14 years before joining the Obama administration in 2012. A native of Williamsport, Pa., he received both an undergraduate degree (in civil engineering) and a master's (in public administration) from Cornell University.
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