Peter Roberson has left his position as a senior policy adviser to the House Financial Services Committee  to become vice president of government relations at IntercontinentalExchange Inc., which operates futures and over-the-counter derivatives exchanges and clearinghouses.

ICE, which is headquartered in Atlanta, declined to comment and Roberson could not be reached, but sources said he is opening up an office for the firm here.

In addition to having a hand in writing legislation last year to regulate the OTC derivatives market, Roberson in recent years was the panel’s point person on muni market policy issues. He helped craft legislation that would mandate a uniform rating scale for municipal and other securities and regulate market intermediaries such as swap advisers and non-dealer financial advisers. Both issues were included in financial regulatory reform legislation that was approved by the House in December.

Roberson’s departure had been expected for several weeks. An automated response to messages sent to his House e-mail address earlier this month indicated that he was on leave from the committee, but provided no additional details. However, his profile on the social-networking site LinkedIn indicates that he has moved to IntercontinentalExchange. Sources said he began working for ICE this week.

Committee spokesman Steven ­Adamske said James Segel, a close adviser to chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., will continue to handle muni issues. Prior to joining the committee, Roberson worked as a policy director at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. He is a graduate of the University of California in Riverside.

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