THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES CHARLES RILEY AS COMMISSIONER OF THE FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION The President today recess appointed James Charles Riley to serve
as a Commissioner of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC).
Mr. James Riley, of Arlington, Virginia, has served as a Commissioner with FMSHRC since 1996. Prior to his nomination to the Commission, Mr. Riley served as a member of the Wage Appeals Board and the Board of Service Contract Appeals at the Department of Labor. He served for several years as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Labor Standards, Occupational Health and Safety Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Riley also served in the Carter Administration as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Labor.
Mr. Riley received a B.A. degree from Loyola College in 1971 and a J.D. degree in 1986 from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America.
FMSHRC was established by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The act governs compliance with occupational health and safety standards in the nation's surface and underground mines. FMSHRC is responsible for deciding cases brought pursuant to the Act by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), mine operators, miners or their representatives. These cases generally involve a review of MSHA's enforcement actions including citations, mine closure orders and proposals for civil penalties.