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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 10, 1997
                         POSTAL RATE COMMISSION

The President today announced his intent to nominate George A. Omas to serve as a Commissioner on the U.S. Postal Rate Commission.

George A. Omas, of Biloxi, Mississippi, was Senior Staff for the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service and the Staff Director of the Sub-Committee on Census, Statistics and Postal Personnel at the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 - 1995. As Staff Director, Mr. Omas provided counsel and advice to the ranking member concerning legislative strategy with regard to the federal census, and developed and promoted legislative agenda for Civil Service Reform, the Federal Retirement System, Federal Pay, Ethics in Government, U.S. Postal Service, and Budget Reconciliation Acts. From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Omas was Executive Vice President of the National Apartment Association, where he was responsible for federal lobbying efforts and professional staff management. He is currently Chairman of the Pastoral Council of the Church of the Annunciation. Mr. Omas received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Mississippi.

The Postal Rate Commission (PRC) is responsible for recommending postal rates and mail classifications for adoption by the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. The PRC may promulgate rules and regulations, establish procedures and take any other action it deems necessary to carry out their functions and obligations. Additionally, the PRC has appellate jurisdiction to review Postal Service determinations to close or consolidate small post offices.