THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH R. CRAPA ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR LEGISLATIVE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL
The President today announced his intent to nominate Joseph R. Crapa to serve as Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Mr. Joseph R. Crapa, of Alexandria, Virginia, has been the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Acting Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations since June 1999. He was named Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1997. Mr. Crapa served from 1987 to 1997 as Staff Director for Representative David Obey (D-WI), as well as Democratic Counsel to the House Appropriations Committee. Since 1993, he has also served as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for Dutko and Associates, a government relations firm. Mr. Crapa has also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs in the Department of Commerce from 1980 to 1981, and as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Domestic Marketing, Consumer Relations and Nutrition for the House Agriculture Committee from 1977 to 1980.
Mr. Crapa received a Ph.D. in British and American Literature from the University of Arizona, a M.A. in British and Literature from Duke University and a B.A. in British and American Literature from St. John's University.
The Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs serves as the central point of contact with the Congress and other agencies on legislative matters. The incumbent provides advice on the status of legislation, develops and implements legislative strategies to promote foreign policy goals of the Agency and the Administration