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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 29, 1998
                        PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Sylvia Mathews to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Ms. Mathews, of Hinton, West Virginia, has served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff since January, 1997. Her duties have included coordination of economic and domestic policy with the National Economic Council and the Domestic Policy Council.

From January 1995 to January 1997, Ms. Mathews served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin. As Chief of Staff, she was responsible for coordinating the Treasury staff. She also served as the Secretary's advisor on foreign and domestic policy, as well as management and communications issues, and helped implement his priorities throughout the Department.

Ms. Mathews first joined the Clinton Administration in December 1992, as manager of the President-elect's Economic Transition Team. In January 1993, she became staff director for the National Economic Council and special assistant to Robert E. Rubin, then Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Her responsibilities included advising Mr. Rubin on economic and long-term planning issues, working closely with senior White House and Administration officials, and overseeing the day-to-day work of the NEC staff.

From November 1990 to July 1992, she was an associate with McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm in New York City, where she performed analytical research, primarily in the areas of finance and telecommunications.

Ms. Mathews graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Government in June 1987. She received an honors degree (B.A.) in philosophy, politics, and economics in June 1990 from Oxford University in Oxford, England, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

The Office of Management and Budget assists the President in overseeing the preparation of the Federal budget and supervising the administration of the budget in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities.