'Earlier today (August 7), I submitted my letter of resignation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to President Obama. It has been a great honor to serve with all the exceptional professionals and public servants who make up the FERC family and so many dedicated energy stakeholders in the public and private sectors. I want to say a special thank you to the incredible personal staff I have had throughout my tenure on the Commission. I have a tremendous opportunity to continue in public service as the Minister-Counselor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Rome, Italy. My resignation will take effect on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.'