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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 27, 1996

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate David J. Barram Administrator of the General Services Administration. Effective March 4, he will begin to serve as Acting Administrator.

David J. Barram of California currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he has served since October 8, 1993. As Deputy Secretary and COO, he directs the day-to-day operation of the 36,000 person, 10 bureau federal agency. A businessman, Mr. Barram brings a wealth of private sector experience to his position as a chief advocate for American industry and workers. Mr. Barram came to the Administration as a 23 year veteran of Silicon Valley's high technology industry. After 13 years at Hewlett-Packard, he joined Silicon Graphics as its first vice president of Finance and CFO. Mr. Barram then joined Apple as vice president and CFO and also held the positions of vice president for Corporate Communications and vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs & Public Policy. In addition to his emphasis on high technology issues, Mr. Barram is a leader in the Administration's ongoing efforts to help federal agencies develop new organizational practices. Mr. Barram is a member of the President's Management Council, and chaired the task force that developed the U.S. Business Advisor, a-state-of-the-art electronic connection between American business and government. He earned his B.A. from Wheaton College and his M.A. in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Mr. Barram said, "GSA is one of the places where government can and should use good business practices like a strong emphasis on customer service and efficiency. Under Roger Johnson, GSA has become a leader in the new culture of constant reinvention that must exist in all of America's organizations. I am eager to carry on that mission."

The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the executive branch that sets federal policy in the area of supply and service procurement, property amendment, telecommunications and automatic data processing. GSA also manages government-wide operations in building construction, leasing, motor vehicle, travel management and property disposal. GSA also provides a wide variety of administrative services to other federal agencies.