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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release August 1, 1997
          PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOHN E. MANSFIELD AS A MEMBER, 
                  DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD

President Clinton today announced his nomination of John E. Mansfield as a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Mr. Mansfield, of Vienna, Virginia, retired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) after serving as Associate Administrator for Space Access and Technology at NASA Headquarters from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Mansfield was responsible for overseeing the merger of three programs into one office, and led the efforts to redirect NASA's spacecraft technology investment plan. Mr. Mansfield served as a Senior Professional Staff Member for the Senate Committee on Armed Services from 1989 to 1994, where he was responsible for all technical, budget, and policy issues involving U.S. strategic deterrence forces. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Mansfield was the Director of the Strategic Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He has also served as a professional staff member for the House Committee on Armed Services, and has served in various positions with the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1984. Mr. Mansfield holds an A.B. from the University of Detroit, an M.S. and a Ph.L. from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is an independent agency established in 1988. The Board is charged with reviewing, investigating, and evaluating health and safety conditions at the Department of Energy (DOE) defense nuclear facilities which are under construction, in use, or being dismantled. Pursuant to these responsibilities, the Board makes recommendations for health and safety improvements to the DOE which are also submitted to Congress and made available to the public.

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