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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 6, 1999
                       AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

The President today announced his intent to nominate Carolyn L. Huntoon to serve as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the Department of Energy.

Dr. Carolyn L. Huntoon, of Arlington, Virginia, currently serves as an Executive in Residence for Program and Project Management at George Washington University's School of Business and Public Management. In this position, she conducts research on policy and management issues which primarily relate to technology based projects and programs. From 1996 to 1998, she served as NASA's Agency Representative to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, where she coordinated several interagency science programs. From 1968 to 1996, Dr. Huntoon served in various capacities at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. As the Center's Director from 1994-1996, she managed the Center's role in 13 successful Shuttle missions and the Center's support of the International Space Station Program. She conducted a major reorganization of the Center and managed an approximately 15,000 person work force and a $2 billion budget. She previously served as Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate, as Associate Director of the Center, as Chief of the Biomedical Laboratories Branch, and as head of Endocrine and Biochemistry Laboratories. Dr. Huntoon has received many awards, including NASA's Outstanding Leadership and Distinguished Service Medals, the Senior Executive Service Presidential Meritorious and Distinguished Rank Awards, the Arthur S. Fleming Award, the YWCA's Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology and the Uri Gagarian Medal from the USSR Federation of Cosmonautics. She is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, the Aerospace Medical Association, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Huntoon received a B.S. degree in biology from Northwestern State College in Louisiana and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physiology from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

The Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Department of Energy, manages the assessment and cleanup of inactive waste sites and facilities. This includes ensuring safe and effective waste management operations and coordinating the Department's environmental restoration and applied research and development programs. The Assistant Secretary works to ensure the coordination and integration of the Office of Environmental Management in areas of planning, resource and financial management, procurement, outreach and public affairs.