Nominations, March 28, 1981

Nomination of Antonio Monroig To Be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

March 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Antonio Monroig to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity).

Since 1977 Mr. Monroig has served as administrator of the Municipal Services Administration, appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico. In 1977 he was special assistant to the mayor of San Juan. In 1973 - 75 Mr. Monroig was deputy director of San Juan Legal Services Inc. He was trial attorney, Land Affairs Division, Department of Justice, in 1972 - 73. He was Legal Counsel, Cooperative Development Administration, in 1971 - 72.

Mr. Monroig was graduated from the University of Puerto Rico (B.A., 1965) and Catholic University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1968). He also received a certificate from the Harvard Senior Managers in Government Program in 1978.

He is married and has two children. He was born in San Juan, P.R., on February 7, 1944.

Nomination of William A. Niskanen, Jr., To Be a Member of the Council of Economic Advisers

March 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate William A. Niskanen, Jr., to be a member of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Mr. Niskanen will have the primary responsibility within the Council for the analysis of policies, such as regulations, subsidies, labor, and trade policies, that affect selected sectors of the economy. He will report to Murray Weidenbaum, Chairman of the Council.

Previously Mr. Niskanen was a professor at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In 1975 - 80 Mr. Niskanen was the director of economics of the Ford Motor Co. He was a professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1972 - 75. He was Assistant Director for Evaluation of the Office of Management and Budget from 1970 to 1972 and Director of Special Studies of the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the early 1960's.

Mr. Niskanen is a founder of the National Tax Limitation Committee and has contributed to the drafting of several tax limitation amendments. He also participated in several of the President's economic task forces during the 1980 campaign.

Mr. Niskanen is a graduate of Harvard College and received his masters and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Chicago.

A native of Oregon, Mr. Niskanen is married to the former Anne Pardee and has three children.

Designation of Secretary of the Interior Watt as Chairman of the Water Resources Council

March 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to designate James G. Watt to serve as Chairman of the Water Resources Council.

Mr. Watt was nominated by President-elect Reagan to serve as Secretary of the Interior on December 22, 1980. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 22, 1981. In 1977 - 80 he was president and chief legal officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation. In 1977 he served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Power Commission and served as a Commissioner in 1975 - 77.

In 1972 - 75 Mr. Watt was Director, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Department of the Interior. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior in 1969 - 72, and special assistant to the Secretary and Under Secretary of the Interior in 1969. He was secretary to the Natural Resources Committee and the Environmental Pollution Advisory Panel, Chamber of Commerce of the United States, in 1966 - 69. In 1962 - 66 he was legislative assistant and counsel to former U.S. Senator Simpson (R-Wyo.).

Mr. Watt was graduated from the University of Wyoming (B.S., 1960; J.D., 1962). He is married and has two children and resides in Englewood, Colo. Mr. Watt was born in Lusk, Wyo., on January 31, 1938.

Nomination of Alex Kozinski To Be Special Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board

March 28, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Alex Kozinski to be Special Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board for a term of 5 years.

Mr. Kozinski was deputy legal counsel to the office of the President-elect from November 1980 to January 1981. He was an associate of the firm of Covington & Burling of Washington, D.C., in 1979 - 81. He specialized in appellate litigation. Previously, in 1977 - 79, he was an associate with the firm of Forry, Golbert, Singer & Gelles of Los Angeles, Calif.

In 1976 - 77 Mr. Kozinski was clerk to the Chief Justice of the United States. He was clerk to Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, Court for the Ninth Circuit, Sacramento, Calif., in 1975 - 76. Mr. Kozinski is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

Mr. Kozinski was graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (A.B., 1972; J.D., 1975). He was managing editor and an associate editor of the UCLA Law Review.

He was born in Bucharest, Romania, on July 23, 1950. He is married and resides in Washington, D.C.