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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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Scott Burns Confirmed as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

(Washington, D.C.)—Scott M. Burns, Esq., of Utah, was officially sworn in as Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on Friday. Mr. Burns has served at ONDCP as the Deputy Director for State, Local, and Tribal Affairs since 2002, where he has served as the principal advisor to White House “Drug Czar,” John P. Walters, on federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement matters. Mr. Burns has also served as the United States representative to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an international organization dedicated to reducing and eliminating performance-enhancing substances from sport.

Upon last week’s confirmation, John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy, said, “Scott Burns has tirelessly served the citizens of the United States for the past five years—working to reduce the market for illegal and harmful drugs, and ensuring that our local law enforcement personnel have the tools and resources they need to combat drug trafficking organizations. Scott will continue to serve this Administration with expertise, devotion, and dedication. I thank him for his public service, and I welcome him as the Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.”

Prior to serving in Executive Office of the President (EOP) at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Scott Burns served as the County Attorney for Iron County, Utah, from 1986 to 2002. There he successfully prosecuted over 100 felony jury trials, including rape, child abuse, narcotics, and capital murder.

Mr. Burns is a graduate of Southern Utah University, and received his J.D. from California Western School of Law.

Last Updated: December 27, 2007

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