President Clinton Names Elwood (Elgie) Holstein, Jr., as Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the Department of Commerce (9/11/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release                                    September 11, 2000


         PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ELWOOD (ELGIE) HOLSTEIN, JR., AS
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

     The President today announced his intent to nominate Elwood (Elgie)
Holstein, Jr., for the position of Assistant Secretary for Oceans and
Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the
Department of Commerce.

     Mr. Holstein, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, currently serves as a Senior
Advisor for NOAA issues to the Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta.  Mr.
Holstein has extensive knowledge in the areas of natural resources and the
environment.  Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, he was the
Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science in the White
House Office of Management and Budget.  He also served as Chief of Staff at
the U.S. Department of Energy.  During the first term of the Clinton
Administration, he was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic
Policy at the White House National Economic Council, where he was
responsible for energy and environmental issues.  Before joining the
Clinton Administration, Mr. Holstein served as a consultant to local
governments on natural resource issues.  He served as Director of
State-Federal Relations for the energy and environmental programs of the
National Conference of State Legislatures, worked as a congressional aide,
and served as executive director of a national, non-profit organization
focused on consumer financial education.

     NOAA?s mission is to describe and predict changes in the Earth?s
environment, conserve and manage wisely the nation?s coastal and marine
resources to ensure sustainable economic opportunities.  Mr. Holstein will
serve at NOAA, overseeing its five agencies: National Weather Service;
National Marine Fisheries Service; National Ocean Service; National
Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; and Office of
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

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