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THE WHITE HOUSE

                      Office of the Press Secretary 
                   (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts)
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For Immediate Release                                September 2, 1997 
              PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD J. GRIFFIN AS 
       INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Richard J. Griffin as Inspector General at the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Mr. Richard J. Griffin, of Washington, D.C., is currently the Deputy Director of United States Secret Service. He is responsible for planning and directing all of the Secret Service's investigative, protective and administrative programs. He formulates and implements operational policies and procedures which ensure that laws over which the Secret Service has jurisdiction are properly enforced. He serves as chairperson of the Secret Service's Executive Planning Committee. Mr. Griffin began his career with the Secret Service in 1971, as an agent in the Chicago office. Subsequent positions include service as Agent in Charge in Los Angeles; Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Investigations; and Assistant Director for Protective Operations. He received a B.A. in economics from Xavier University, Ohio, and an M.A. in business administration from Marymount University, Virginia. He is also a graduate of the National War College.

The Veterans' Affairs Inspector General directs a nationwide staff of auditors, investigators, inspectors and support personnel. The office conducts oversight reviews to improve the economy, effectiveness and efficiency of Veterans' Affairs programs, and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and abuse.

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