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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 23, 1997
                     AS MEMBER AND CHAIR OF THE SOCIAL 
                          SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Stanford G. Ross to serve as a member of the Social Security Advisory Board. Upon his confirmation as a member by the Senate, the President intends to designate Mr. Ross as Chair of the Board.

Stanford G. Ross, of the District of Columbia, is an expert in social security and federal taxation issues. He is a Director, former President, and founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and serves as Chair of its International Understanding Committee. He has provided technical assistance on social security and tax issues under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the U.S. Treasury Department to various foreign countries. Currently, Mr. Ross is a senior partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in federal tax and administrative law. He served as Commissioner of Social Security at the Department of Health and Human Services and as the Chair of the Advisory Council on Social Security during the Carter Administration. In addition, he served as a Public Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds during the Bush and Clinton Administrations.

Mr. Ross received an A.B. degree from Washington University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

The Social Security Advisory Board was created by Public Law 103-296 in 1994. The Board is responsible for advising the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration on policies related to the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program and the supplemental security income program.