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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 9, 1997
                     PRESIDENT NAMES JOHN C. ANGELL AS 
                          ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR 
                         U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

The President today announced his intent to nominate John C. Angell as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mr. Angell, of Bethesda, Maryland, presently serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy at the Department of Energy. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to Leon Panetta, Chief of Staff at the White House, where he advised the Chief of Staff on a broad range of White House issues, including budget, labor, energy, and the environment. He also assisted with congressional relations and White House policy development. At the beginning of the Administration, Mr. Angell served as Executive Associate Director in the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to joining the Administration, Mr. Angell was the House Budget Committee's Chief of Staff. He received his B.A. from Pomona College and his J.D. from Loyola University of Los Angeles.

The Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Energy is the principal advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretary on Congressional matters and Departmental relations with State and local governments. This position maintains continuous and effective communication with Members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs on Departmental activities and plans. The Assistant Secretary supports Department officials in preparing responses to testimony for Congressional inquiries and committee hearings. In addition, this position communicates Department of Energy policy and program decisions and facilitates the exchange of policy-related information between the Department and states and local governments and Indian tribes.