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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 4, 1998
       President Clinton Appoints Members of District of Columbia
      Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority

The President announced today his intention to appoint Constance Newman, currently a member of the D.C. Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, to the role of Vice-Chair for a one year term starting on September 1, 1998.

Ms. Newman is currently Under Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. She has served as Director of the Office of Personnel Management and Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as director of VISTA. She was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

The President also announced his intention to appoint retired government executive Eugene Kinlow and economist Darius Mans to fill the spots of outgoing Authority Board Chair Andrew Brimmer and Board member Steven Harlan. Mr. Kinlow and Dr. Mans will each serve two-year terms.

Mr. Kinlow is a former Deputy Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has served as an at-large member of the D.C. Board of Education. Mr. Kinlow brings experience in quality improvement, program evaluation and contract evaluation of community-based economic development. He has been an active participant in community projects in the Anacostia area of the District for the past 30 years.

Dr. Mans, an economist at the World Bank for the past 15 years, has extensive experience in economic development. He has supervised development projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa, arranging debt and equity financing from public and private sectors. As a manager and administrator at the World Bank, he has played a key role in compensation and benefit reform. Dr. Mans holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a District resident for 17 years.

The District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority was formed in April 1995 to assist the District in eliminating budget deficits, managing problems more efficiently and effectively, and ensuring the long term viability of the Nation's Capital. By statute, the board will return decision-making power to the city's elected officials after a series of four consecutive balanced budgets.