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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 28, 1997
                      AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AT THE 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Sallyanne Harper to serve as Chief Financial Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sallyanne Harper, of Annandale, Virginia, has served as the Acting Chief Financial Officer at the EPA since July 7, 1996, where she has been responsible for the Agency's strategic planning, budgeting, financial management and performance measurement functions. Previously, as Acting Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resources Management at the EPA, she oversaw the operations of a national staff of over 1400 employees and an annual budget of $450 million. Ms. Harper has also served as Director of the Financial Management Division from October 1989 to August 1992, and as Director of the Superfund/RCRA Procurement Operations from June 1987 to October 1989. Before beginning her tenure with the EPA, Ms. Harper spent ten years in positions of increasing responsibility as a Supervisory Contracting Officer for the Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Regional Contracting Office. In addition, she sits on the Council of President's Associates at LaSalle University. Ms. Harper earned a B.A. from LaSalle University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Investments from George Washington University.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for aligning the EPA's strategic planning, budgeting and performance measurement systems in support of the Agency's human health and environmental protection goals. The CFO also manages all aspects of the EPA's financial operations including financial reporting, fiscal policy, accounting and disbursements.