THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES TWO MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FEDERAL PRISON INDUSTRIES CORPORATION President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint the
following individuals to the Board of Directors of the Federal Prison Industries Corporation:
Todd A. Weiler of Texas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Reserve Affairs, Mobilization, Readiness and Training. Previously, Mr. Weiler served as the White House Liaison for the Secretary of Defense until July of 1993. He served in the United States Army, working as an army aviation officer and attack helicopter pilot-in-command from 1987 to 1991. He is a decorated combat veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Mr. Weiler earned a B.A. from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth in 1987.
Richard G. Womack of Maryland is currently director of the AFL-CIO Department of Civil Rights, a position he assumed in 1986. In this capacity, Mr. Womack is the primary spokesperson for the AFL-CIO on a broad range of social issues involving worker, human, and civil rights. Previously, he was assistant director of the AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute. Mr. Womack is a member of the NAACP's Board of Directors and chairs the NAACP's National Board of Director's Labor Committee and the Board of the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation. In addition, he is the acting executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
The Federal Prison Industries Corporation (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: responsibility for general policies and long range corporate plans; establishing new industries; establishing a pricing policy; and requesting authority from the Secretary of the Treasury to invest FPI funds.