Susan Beard is the Deputy General Counsel for General Law at the United States Department of Energy (DOE).  She manages a legal staff responsible for providing legal support for non-programmatic issues throughout the Department other than those involving procurement and intellectual property.  She is the Designated Agency Ethics Official for the Department of Energy.  She entered the Senior Executive Service in 2003.

Ms. Beard is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is an inactive member of the California Bar.  Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Beard worked at another Government agency and was in private practice in a law firm in Los Angeles.

Ms. Beard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and her Juris Doctor from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she served on the Law Review. 

The following offices report to Ms. Beard:  the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Ethics and Personnel Law, and the Office of the Associate General Counsel for Finance and Information Law