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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 7, 1997

The President today announced his intent to nominate James H. Bailey to serve as Deputy Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Mr. Bailey currently practices law in the District of Columbia firm of Lobel, Novins & Lamont. His practice focuses on the corporate, regulatory and public policy aspects of the energy industries, with special emphasis on the melding of market competition with traditional regulation. From December 1994 to February 1996, he served as Special Counsel at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, and from 1993 to 1994, he served as Vice President for Research and Development at the U.S. Enrichment Corporation. From March to December 1993, Mr. Bailey served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel. From 1992 to 1993, Mr Bailey worked as National Director of Regulated Industries for Arthur Andersen Economic Consulting and from 1990 to 1992, he served as a partner at Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon. Mr. Bailey served as an officer with ARKLA, Inc. and its division, ARKLA Pipeline Group, from 1985 to 1990. From 1978 to 1981, Mr. Bailey served as legal adviser to the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Bailey was born in Richmond, Indiana. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School. Mr. Bailey currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Liz Allen Bailey.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for supporting state and local emergency management activities around the country. This support comes in the form of funding, staff training, exercise programs for state and local officials, and technical assistance. FEMA has the primary responsibility for administering the federal disaster relief law. The agency serves as the central point of contact within the federal government for a wide range of emergency response activities including planning, mitigation, response and recovery crisis situations for both natural and technological disasters