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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 14, 1998

The President today announced his intent to appoint Sally Katzen as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. She will serve as Deputy Director at the National Economic Council.

For the past five years, Sally Katzen has done truly exceptional work implementing my initiative to streamline the nation's regulatory process and to ensure that businesses, consumers, and state and local governments have a seat at that table, the President said. I am delighted that she will become an even more central part of my economic team as the new Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. As we near the fifth anniversary of the creation of the NEC, Sally will work with Director Gene Sperling to ensure that the NEC continues its effective work coordinating economic policy throughout my administration.

Ms. Katzen, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget since 1993. Prior to becoming Administrator, she was a Partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, specializing in regulatory/legislative matters. Ms. Katzen has worked extensively in the field of Administrative law. In 1990, she was elected President of the Federal Communications Bar Association. In 1988, she was elected Chair of the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association. She has held various other offices in the ABA, including serving two terms as a D.C. Delegate to the House of Delegates. She also served as President of the Women's Legal Defense Fund from 1976 to 1977, and is a member of its Advisory Board. Ms. Katzen has served as a Public Member and Vice-Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and she has taught Administrative Law as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Katzen's prior Government service includes serving as General Counsel (1979-1980) and then as Deputy Director for Program Policy (1980-1981) for the Council on Wage and Price Stability in the Carter Administration.

Ms. Katzen graduated from Smith College and the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review. Following graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is married to Timothy B. Dyk and they have one child.