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President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection

Chairman and Steering Committee Named

Note: The following announcement was released by the White House in December 1996. While this text is available in a number of archives on the Internet, we have posted it here to facilitate access for our visitors.


12/24/96

TEXT: CLINTON ON THE COMMISSION ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
(Names commission chair, members of Steering Committee)

Washington -- President Clinton announced his intention to designate Robert "Tom" Marsh of Alexandria, Virginia, to serve as Chair of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

In a written statement December 23, the President also announced his intention to appoint Samuel R. (Sandy) Berger of the District of Columbia and Jamie S. Gorelick of Chevy Chase, Maryland, to serve as Members of the Steering Committee to the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

"The purpose of the President's Commission on Critical infrastructure Protection is to bring together the combined forces of the government and private sector to develop a strategy for protecting and assuring the continued operation of this nation's critical infrastructures," the White House statement said. "These include telecommunications, electrical power systems, gas and oil transportation, banking and finance, transportation, water supply systems, emergency services (including medical, police, fire, and rescue) and government services."

Following is the White House text:

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

December 23, 1996

PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CHAIRMAN TO THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION AND NAMES STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

President Clinton announced his intention to designate Robert "Tom" Marsh of Alexandria, Virginia, to serve as Chair of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. He also announced his intention to appoint Samuel R. (Sandy) Berger of the District of Columbia and Jamie S. Gorelick of Chevy Chase, Maryland, to serve as Members of the Steering Committee to the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Mr. Marsh serves as a Director and Chairman of the Board of CAE Electronics, Inc. and Converse Government Systems Corporation. He is also a Director of Teknowledge Corporation and a trustee of the MITRE Corporation. From 1989 to 1991, he was Chairman of Thiokol Corporation. A 1949 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Mr. Marsh retired from the United States Air Force in 1984 after a distinguished military career that culminated in his promotion to General and assignment as Commander of the Air Force Systems Command. He is currently Executive Director of the Air Force Aid Society.

Mr. Samuel R. (Sandy) Berger was recently named to serve as National Security Advisor. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 1993 to 1996. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Mr. Berger was a partner at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. Mr. Berger also served the Carter Administration as Deputy Director of Policy Planning at the State Department from 1977 to 1980. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Harvard University.

Ms. Jamie S. Gorelick currently serves as Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Gorelick previously served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense. Before joining the Clinton Administration, Ms. Gorelick was a partner with the Washington firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larocca & Lewin where she specialized in civil and criminal litigation, including grand jury and agency investigations in health care, and environmental and other issues. Ms. Gorelick holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of the Radcliffe College of Harvard University.

The purpose of the President's Commission on Critical infrastructure Protection is to bring together the combined forces of the government and private sector to develop a strategy for protecting and assuring the continued operation of this nation's critical infrastructures. These include telecommunications, electrical power systems, gas and oil transportation, banking and finance, transportation, water supply systems, emergency services (including medical, police, fire, and rescue) and government services.

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