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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 19, 1997
                             AS MEMBER OF THE 

The President today announced his intent to appoint Arthur H. White to serve as Member of the Federal Prison Industries Board.

Mr. White, of Stamford, Connecticut, is Vice Chairman of Yankelovich Partners, Inc., where he has directed more than 200 research and consulting assignments for corporations, government agencies, industry associations, media and non-profit organizations, and universities. From 1986-1992, he was President and CEO of WSY Consulting Group, Inc., a management consulting firm which specialized in strategic marketing, competitive analysis, long range planning, technology transfer and public policy consulting. In 1983, Mr. White founded Jobs for the Future, a national non-profit organization and he continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors. The organization focuses on a range of issues related to work and learning, including improving the school-to-work transition for all young people, the changing nature of the economy and the demand for high skills, employment challenges facing low-skill adult workers, strategies for improving access to jobs and skill development for hard-to-employ populations, and ongoing training for employed workers. From 1984 to 1986, Mr. White served as a member of the U.S. Justice Department's Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods.

In 1994 he was named by President Clinton to the National Commission for Employment Policy. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Reading is Fundamental program of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. White received an A.B. degree in government from Harvard University in 1947, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1951.

The Federal Prison Industries Corporation (FPI) was created in 1934 under the Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide work and training opportunities for federal inmates. The Board of Directors provides guidance to the FPI so that it can accomplish its mission of employing as many inmates as possible without unduly impacting private industry. The major functions of the Board include responsibility for general policies and long-range corporate plans, establishing new industries, establishing pricing policy, and requesting authority from the Secretary of the Treasury to invest FPI funds.