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Mr. Jose A. Nuñez was designated Acting Commissioner on May 14, 2018. Mr. Nuñez has worked at the USIBWC since 1990. In 2014, he was named Principal Engineer of the Engineering Department, providing executive leadership for the agency’s Engineering Services, Construction, Environmental Management, Master Planning, Boundary and Realty, and Geographic Information Systems functions. In late 2017, he was also named Acting Principal Engineer for the Operations Department, which oversees the agency’s field offices, flood control projects, wastewater treatment plants, dams, and hydroelectric power plants, as well as the Safety and Security Division and Water Accounting Division.

Mr. Nuñez previously served in the Construction Division, Construction Contracting Office, Acquisitions Division, Design Division, Program and Project Management Division, Environmental Management Division, and Engineering Services Division. During his time in the Engineering Department, the USIBWC has completed extensive rehabilitation of Rio Grande flood control levees, flood risk assessment, coordination with FEMA on flood control projects, coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on border projects, and reviewing proponent submittals for licenses for construction along floodplains to comply with the 1970 Boundary Treaty with Mexico. He has been a Lead Engineer or Supervisor since 2005. Prior to his employment with the USIBWC, Mr. Nuñez worked as an engineer with the Department of Defense.

Mr. Nuñez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He is an active member of Chi Epsilon, which is an honors society for Civil Engineers. Mr. Nuñez succeeds Commissioner Edward Drusina, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in January 2010. The designation of Mr. Nuñez as Acting Commissioner is consistent with the agency’s longstanding order of succession in the event the Commissioner position is vacated.