William Werkheiser

William Werkheiser is currently serving on detail to the Department of the Interior as the Science Advisor to the Deputy Secretary where he will advise and coordinate activities on science issues affecting bureaus across the Department.


Prior to his detail he served as the USGS Deputy Director. Before his selection as Deputy Director, Mr. Werkheiser was the Associate Director for Water where he was responsible for all aspects of water science programs in the USGS, including strategic program development, meaningful accountability measures, budget initiatives, and representation of the bureau to the Department, the Administration, Congress, Universities, Tribes, and other Federal, State, and local agencies. USGS is the largest provider of hydrologic information in the world and as Associate Director for Water, Mr. Werkheiser was responsible for a complex portfolio supporting more than 3,300 USGS employees with funding from over 1,600 partners.

Before becoming Associate Director for Water, Mr. Werkheiser served as the As the Eastern Regional Director where he oversaw 41 Science Centers across a complex region encompassing the 26 states east of the Mississippi, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He supervised over 3,000 people supported with budgets of over $380 million in appropriated and partner funding. He led the USGS in delivering tools and technologies to support the President’s Executive Order for the Chesapeake Bay and for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the large single partner-funded effort ever conducted by USGS.

Mr. Werkheiser began his 30-year Federal career with the USGS as a scientist investigating issues ranging from the impacts of development on water supplies, the movement and fate of pollutants, and the effects of rising sea level on coastal aquifers. He has held a number of  leadership positions, including Director, USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center, lead of the Natural Hazards Initiative, and lead of the Long-term Hurricane Katrina Response and Recovery Team for USGS.