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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 10, 1996


The President today named Evelyn S. Lieberman as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to replace Erskine Bowles. Lieberman is currently Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Operations.

Lieberman, who is the first woman to be appointed to this position, will take her new position effective January 15. She has served the President since January, 1993 first as assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the First Lady and most recently as Deputy Press Secretary for Operations under Press Secretary Mike McCurry.

"Evelyn Lieberman has already served this Administration with excellence. Her tenacity, wit and resolve will be a wonderful complement to the leadership of Leon Panetta and Harold Ickes. I look forward to working with her in this new capacity," said the President.

In her new assignment, Lieberman will report directly to Chief of Staff Leon Panetta. She will be responsible for the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of Management and Administration, the Office of Presidential Personnel, and the Office of the Staff Secretary, as well as the Director of Oval Office Operations.

"In looking for a new Deputy, I sought someone with the intelligence, toughness, and good humor needed to manage the White House. Evelyn has all of these in abundance. If I have learned one thing in working with her, it's this: she gets the job done. For some time she has been a leader of this White House staff, and I know that she will continue to provide the leadership, integrity and discipline needed in this job," said Chief of Staff Panetta.

Said Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, "Mrs. Lieberman is a wonderful choice. She brings great experience and vigor to a very challenging job. She will fill the large shoes left by her predecessor. We have enjoyed a spirited and productive working relationship. I know that she and I will be an effective team for Leon Panetta and the President. I welcome her."

"Evelyn has been terrific to work with and we are going to miss her day-to-day presence in the press office. She has managed to bring more discipline to the operation, while always wielding a good sense of humor," said Press Secretary Mike McCurry.

Before joining the Administration in January, 1993, Lieberman was press secretary to U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. From 1981 to 1988, she was director of public affairs for the Children's Defense Fund. Previously, she was director of communications for the National Urban Coalition.

Lieberman, 51, is married to Edward H. Lieberman, a lawyer, and lives in Washington, DC.