THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RAY KAMMER AS DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Ray Kammer as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Mr. Kammer, of Maryland, has had a long and distinguished career of public service at the Commerce Department. He is currently serving on an acting basis as the Chief Financial Officer and the Assistant Secretary for Administration and the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Commerce. In this capacity he oversees the formulation of the Department's budget and sets financial, administrative and information management policies for the Department. Prior to being detailed to the position of Acting Assistant Secretary, Mr. Kammer served as the Deputy Director of NIST from 1980 to 1991, and from 1993 to the present. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Kammer was Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. He began his career with the Department of Commerce in 1969 as a program analyst. Mr. Kammer received a B.A. from the University of Maryland.
The Director of NIST oversees programs that work in partnership with industry to promote U.S. economic growth through the development and application of technology, measurements, and standards. NIST is comprised of four major program areas: the Advanced Technology Program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, laboratory research and services focused on infrastructural technologies, and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. NIST has a budget of $600 million and a staff of approximately 3,000.