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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Berlin, Germany)
For Immediate Release                                       May 13, 1998
                           AS DIRECTOR OF THE 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Jacob J. Lew as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Mr. Jacob J. (Jack) Lew, of New York, New York, has served as the Deputy Director of OMB since 1995, and has worked closely with OMB Director Franklin Raines on the formulation of budget and appropriations policy. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, he served as OMB's Executive Associate Director and Associate Director for Legislative Affairs from 1994 to 1995. As Special Assistant to the President from 1993 to 1994, Mr. Lew worked on health care reform and the national service initiative. Mr. Lew began his career in Washington in 1973, as a legislative aide, and later became principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. He spent nearly eight years at the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as Assistant Director and then as Executive Director. Mr. Lew has also served as an attorney in private practice for five years, as Executive Director of the Center for Middle East Research, as Issues Director for the Democratic National Committee's Campaign 88, and as Deputy Director of the Office of Program Analysis in the city of Boston's Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Lew received a B.A. degree from Harvard College and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School.

The Office of Management and Budget is responsible for assisting the President in the preparation and execution of the federal budget, with emphasis on fiscal and program analysis. OMB provides the President with an institutional staff capability in executive management, particularly in program evaluation and coordination and information and management systems.