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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 30, 1998
                           PRESIDENT CLINTON 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Richard A. Grafmeyer and Gerald M. Shea as members of the Social Security Advisory Board.

Mr. Richard A. Grafmeyer, of Potomac, Maryland, is National Director for Tax Legislation for Ernst and Young, where specializes in advising clients on pension, retirement, tax-exempt, Medicare, and budget issues. From 1995 to 1996, he served as Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Finance. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Grafmeyer worked in the National Taxation Office of Ernst & Young. He was Republican Tax Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Grafmeyer received a B.A. degree from Walsh College, a J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law, and an L.L.M. degree from the Georgetown University School of Law.

Mr. Gerald M. Shea, of Washington, D.C., serves as Assistant to the President for Government Affairs at the AFL-CIO, a position he has held since 1995. From 1993 to 1995, he served in various positions at the AFL-CIO, first as the director of the policy office with responsibility for health care and pension issues, and then in several executive staff positions. Before coming to the AFL-CIO, he served with the Service Employees International Union, beginning in 1972 as an organizer and local union official in Massachusetts and later on the staff of the national union's headquarters. He previously served on the Social Security Advisory Council from 1994 to 1996 and the Social Security Advisory Board from 1996 to 1997. He is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Congressionally appointed advisory body on Medicare and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organization, representing union and consumer interests. He is also founding member of the Foundation for Accountability, a national coalition of organizations whose mission is to help consumers make health care choices based on quality. Mr. Shea received a B.A. degree from Boston College.

The Social Security Advisory Board was created in 1994 to advise the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration on policies relating to the old-age, survivors, and the disability insurance program and the supplemental security income program.