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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 5, 1994

The President today announced his intent to appoint Joseph M. Aragon, Stephen R. Colgate and Kenneth Young as members of the Board of Directors of the Federal Prison Industries, Incorporated.

JOSEPH M. ARAGON of Colorado founded and continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of ProServe Corporation, a support services management company. His company has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VIII Office, Inc. Magazine and Hispanic Business Magazine. Prior to founding ProServ, Mr. Aragon was the Director of the U. S. Bureau of Prisons Academy for food service programs in correctional institutions. He earned a B.S. in Management from Florida State University in 1978.

STEPHEN R. COLGATE of Maryland has been serving as Assistant Attorney General for Administration since 1992. As the principal administrative managing official, he directs the full range of management support activities for the Department of Justice. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Colgate was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Personnel and Administration. Overall, Mr. Colgate has served in the Department of Justice since 1977, with the exception of two years in which he served with the Department of the Treasury and FEMA. He received a M.P.A. in Public Finance from the American University in 1976 and a B.S. with distinction from the University of Arizona in 1975.

KENNETH YOUNG of Maryland began his work in organized labor in 1951 for the CIO Insurance and Allied Workers Organizing Committee. Mr. Young worked in the field of public relations until 1965, when he became an AFL-CIO Legislative Representative in Washington. By 1979, he was directing the federation's legislative department. In 1980, he became the Executive Assistant to Lane Kirkland, President of the AFL-CIO. Mr. Young attended Antioch College. He retired in 1991.

Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (FPI) was created in 1934 under the Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide work and training opportunities for federal inmates. The Board of Directors provides guidance to the FPI so that it can accomplish its mission of employing as many inmates as possible without unduly impacting private industry. The major functions of the Board include:

(1) responsibility for general policies and long range corporate plans; (2) establishing new industries;
(3) establishing pricing policy; and
(4) requesting authority from the Secretary of the Treasury to invest

FPI funds.