THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HIS INTENT TO NOMINATE ROBERT L. MALLETT AS DEPUTY SECRETARY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert L. Mallett for the position of Deputy Secretary for the Department of Commerce.
Mr. Mallett of Houston, Texas, has substantial public sector management experience. He served as City Administration and Deputy Mayor for Operations for the District of Columbia in Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly's Administration. In this position, Mr. Mallett oversaw all aspects of District governance and was instrumental in implementing unprecedented reforms in District personnel, services, and programs. Previous to his service to the District, Mr. Mallett was a staff member for Senator Lloyd Bentsen, then Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and later U.S. Treasury Secretary. Mr. Mallett has been a partner at the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. He holds a B.A. degree from Morehouse College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Mallett will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Department of Commerce as well as the implementation of policy direction for the general supervision of the Department's organizational units and personnel. He will also perform duties and responsibilities of the Secretary of Commerce as Acting Secretary in the absence of the Secretary.