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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 24, 1998
                          PRESIDENT CLINTON 
                         NAMES DEIDRE A. LEE 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Deidre A. Lee to serve as Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget.

Deidre A. Lee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has served as the Associate Administrator for Procurement at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since March 1993. She rose through the ranks to become NASA's senior acquisition official and has a distinguished record as a reformer and innovator. Ms. Lee has developed successful procurement initiatives at NASA, including the MidRange, Performance Based Contracting, Source Selection, Cost Control, Consolidated Contracting Initiative, and the Single Process Initiative/Block Changes. Previously, Ms. Lee served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Procurement at NASA. From 1984 until 1990, she worked at the Johnson Space Center, as Chief of the Space Shuttle Procurement Division, Chief of the Orbiter and STS Integration Procurement Branch, and Chief of the Data Systems and Aircraft Operations Branch. Ms. Lee began her career with the Department of Defense, including Base Procurement in Okinawa, Japan, Systems Acquisition at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, and Logistics Procurement at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Ms. Lee is recognized as one of the Administration's most active and successful acquisition reformers, and has received NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Executive Rank Award.

Ms. Lee received a Bachelor's degree from Central State University, Edmond, and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) evaluates and formulates management procedures and programs objectives within Federal departments and agencies. The Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy provides direction in the development of procurement systems standards, resolves differences among agencies in the development of simplified government-wide procurement regulations and procedures, and ensures that regulations are consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulation.