Energy Dept/ATVM Loan Program Head Quits

Solyndra controversy claims casualty as head of Energy Department loan program steps down

The head of the Energy Department’s controversial loan guarantee program has decided to step down, department officials confirmed to The Washington Post on Thursday.

Jonathan Silver, who was named executive director of DOE’s Loan Programs Office in November 2009, has come under fire from congressional Republicans since the solar manufacturer Solyndra declared bankruptcy Aug. 31 after receiving a $535 million federal loan guarantee. While DOE made the initial loan to Solyndra before Silver took the program’s helm — a point he made repeatedly during his congressional testimony last month — he remained the administration’s point person for the embattled initiative.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement Thursday that Silver had informed him in July, when it was clear that no significant new funds were being budgeted for the loan program, that he would leave at the end of the fiscal year.

Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) profiled Silver a year and a half ago.

Who is Jonathan Silver and Why is he so Important to V-Vehicle and Northeast LA Politics?

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