THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Copenhagen, Denmark)
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MEMBERS TO THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE COMMISSION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION
President Clinton announced his intent to appoint Attorney General Janet Reno, Donald Gips, and Brigadier General Donald Kerrick to serve as Members of the Steering Committee on the Commission of Critical Infrastructure Protection. They will serve alongside Chair Robert Marsh and Defense Deputy Secretary John White.
Attorney General Reno of Florida currently serves as the United States Attorney General. Prior to her appointment as Attorney General, Ms. Reno served as the State Attorney for Dade County, Florida. Ms. Reno was appointed to the position by the Governor of Florida and was subsequently elected to that office five times. She received her A.B. in Chemistry from Cornell University and her LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Gips of Washington, D.C., currently works in the Office of the Vice President as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. Prior to joining the Executive Office of the President, Mr. Gips served a three-year tenure as the FCC's Deputy Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and later as Chief of the FCC's International Bureau. Before working at the FCC, Mr. Gips held the position of Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm. He helped create the Corporation for National Service and served as Executive Assistant to the Director of the 92nd Street Y. Mr. Gips also served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Mayor of New York City's Transportation Office, and as Operations Manager for the 1984 Bill Bradley Senate campaign. Mr. Gips graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, in 1982 and received a Master's degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Organization and Management in 1989.
Brigadier General Kerrick of Florida, is currently the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Prior to his appointment to this position, General Kerrick served as the Director for Operations for the Defense Intelligence Agency. In 1994 and 1995, he served on the White House National Security Council as Director of European Affairs. General Kerrick was also appointed to be the White House and National Security Council representative on the United States' Balkans Peacekeeping Delegation that concluded a peace accord ending the Balkan conflict. His combat experience includes service in Southeast and Southwest Asia. Upon graduation from Florida Southern College, General Kerrick was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
The purpose of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection is to bring together the government and the private sector to develop a strategy for protecting and assuring the continued operation of this nation's critical infrastructures. These include telecommunications, electrical power systems, gas and oil transportation, banking and finance, transportation, water supply systems, emergency services (including medical, police, fire, and rescue) and government services.