THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES EDWARD MCGAFFIGAN, JR. AS A MEMBER OF THE
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to nominate Edward McGaffigan, Jr. as a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Mr. Edward McGaffigan, Jr., of Arlington, Virginia, has been a member of the NRC since August 1996. From 1983 to 1996, Mr. McGaffigan served on Senator Jeff Bingaman's (D-NM) staff in a variety of capacities. Throughout the thirteen and one half years, he supported the Senator's work on defense policy, technology policy, personnel and acquisition reform, and non-proliferation and export control policy. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. McGaffigan served as a senior policy analyst and later as Assistant Director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, overseeing international scientific cooperation and export control matters, while holding a dual appointment on the National Security Council staff. From 1976 to 1983, Mr. McGaffigan was a member of the Foreign Service, where he carried out various assignments within the State Department dealing with U.S.-Soviet relations and politico-military issues. From June 1974 to September 1974, Mr. McGaffigan worked at the RAND Corporation where his work included evaluating Japanese science and technology issues.
Mr. McGaffigan holds a master's degree in physics from California Institute of Technology, a master's degree in public policy from Harvard, and graduated summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Physics from Harvard University.
The NRC is responsible for ensuring adequate protection of the public health and safety, the common defense and security, and the environment with respect to the use of nuclear materials for civilian purposes in the United States. Activities licensed and regulated by the Commission include commercial nuclear power reactors, non-power research, test and training reactors, fuel cycle facilities, medical, academic and industrial uses of nuclear materials, and the transportation, storage and disposal of nuclear materials and waste.