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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 18, 1997

President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, Norman Mineta, and Joseph Holmes as Members to the Advisory Committee to the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Dr. Jaffe, of New York, became Corporate Vice President of Technology at IBM in June 1996. In that position, he directs the Corporate Technology Council and oversees the operation of the IBM Academy of Technology. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Systems at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. A fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Dr. Jaffe is currently on a National Academy Sciences study on Digitization and Combinations Science for the Army Research Laboratory. He received a B.S. in Mathematics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has served as Mayor of Minneapolis since 1994. Prior to her term as mayor, she served consecutively as Associate Director of the Minnesota Program for Victims of Sexual Assault, City Council Member from the 8th Ward in Minneapolis, and City Council President. Mayor Sayles attended Macalester College and the Senior Executives Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Mineta, of California, is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Transportation Systems and Services at Lockheed Martin IMS. A former Mayor of San Jose, California, Mr. Mineta was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, where he served for 21 years. While in Congress, he served as Chairman (and later as ranking Democrat) of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation. Among his many contributions to U.S. transportation policy, Mr. Mineta oversaw airline deregulation during the 1980's and co-authored the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. Holmes is Corporate Vice President and the group executive for EDS Technology and Engineering Group. He began his career with EDS in 1968 and has extensive experience in the transportation, health, and manufacturing industries. After receiving a B.S. from Northern Illinois University, Mr. Holmes served as a systems engineer for IBM.

The President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection was established in July 1996 to examine both physical and electronic cyber threats to eight key U.S. infrastructures (energy, telecommunications, banking and finance, transportation, gas and oil storage, water supply systems, government services and emergency service). The Commission will develop a comprehensive national strategy for infrastructure assurance. The Advisory Committee, which is made up of infrastructure industry executives and private-sector leaders will advise and support the Commission.