Nominations & Appointments, May 6, 1981

Nomination of K. William O'Connor To Be Inspector General of the Community Services Administration

May 6, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate K. William O'Connor to be Inspector General, Community Services Administration.

Since April 1980 Mr. O'Connor has served as Special Counsel for Interagency Coordination and Staff Director of the Executive Group Staff. His duties included advising the Deputy Attorney General on policy, programs, and matters affecting the Executive Group. In 1978 - 80 he was Senior Trial Attorney (Prosecutor/GSA Task Force) and led teams of investigators and lawyers in grand jury investigations of fraud schemes at the General Services Administration. In 1976 - 78 he was Associate Justice and then Chief Justice, High Court of American Samoa. Mr. O'Connor was vice president and counsel, Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Inc., in 1975 - 76; Special Counsel, Intelligence Coordination, Department of Justice, in 1975; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, in 1971 - 75; Chief, Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, in 1970 - 71; assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, in 1967 - 70. Previously he held various positions with the Job Corps.

Mr. O'Connor was graduated from the University of Virginia (B.A., 1952; LL.B., 1958). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was discharged in 1955 as first lieutenant.

Mr. O'Connor is married, has four children, and resides in Falls Church, Va. He was born in Washington, D.C., on August 1, 1931.

Nomination of John V. Graziano To Be Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture

May 6, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate John V. Graziano to be Inspector General, Department of Agriculture.

Since 1979 Mr. Graziano has been Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Department of Commerce. In 1978 - 79 he was Special Coordinator for Grain Elevator Safety and Security, Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture. In 1974 - 79 Mr. Graziano was Director, Office of Investigation, Department of Agriculture, and was Chief, Cargo Security Division, Department of Transportation, in 1971 - 74. In 1970 - 71 he was Chief, Air Security Guard Division, Federal Aviation Administration; Chief, Investigations Division, FAA; Chief, Compliance & Security Staff, and Chief, Civil Rights Staff, FAA Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. Previously he was an investigator with the U.S Civil Service Commission.

Mr. Graziano was graduated from St. John's University (B.S., 1951).

Mr. Graziano resides in Annandale, Va. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 3, 1927.

Nomination of Joseph A. Sickon To Be Inspector General of the General Services Administration

May 6, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Joseph A. Sickon to be Inspector General, General Services Administration.

Mr. Sickon is presently Assistant Inspector General for Audit at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1979 - 80 Mr. Sickon was Director, Office of Procurement and ADP Management, Department of Commerce, and in 1977 - 79 he was Director, Office of Audits. In 1975 - 77 he was Director, Office of Financial Management, Maritime Adminstration. Previously, in 1972 - 75, he was Director of the Office of Financial Analysis. In 1971 - 72 Mr. Sickon was Special Assistant for System Studies to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maritime Affairs; Chief, Division of External Audits and Financial Analysis, in 1969 - 71; and Assistant Chief, Division of External Affairs, in 1964 - 69. In 1958 - 64 he was Supervisory Auditor, U.S. General Accounting Office.

Mr. Sickon was graduated from the University of Detroit (1954) and George Washington University (1971). He attended Detroit College of Law and the University of Virginia.

Mr. Sickon is married, has five children, and resides in Alexandria, Va. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 14, 1930.

Nomination of Jose S. Sorzano To Be United States Representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

May 6, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Jose S. Sorzano to be the Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

Dr. Sorzano has been associate professor of government at Georgetown University since 1979 and also held that position in 1969 - 76. He has conducted lectures and seminars at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In 1976 - 79 Dr. Sorzano was Director of the Peace Corps in Bogota, Colombia, and supervised the largest Peace Corps program in Latin America. He was escort/interpreter with the Department of State in 1963 - 65.

Dr. Sorzano is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Superior Achievement Award for outstanding performance of the duties and responsibilities of a Peace Corps Country Director (1977) and a two-step meritorious increase in recognition of having tripled Peace Corps programs in Colombia without increasing administrative and managerial costs (1979).

He was graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S., 1965; Ph. D., 1972).

Dr. Sorzano is married, has two children, and resides with his family in Arlington, Va. He was born in Havana, Cuba, on November 9, 1940, and is a naturalized United States citizen.

Appointment of John S. Herrington as Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel

May 6, 1981

The President today announced the appointment of John S. Herrington to be Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel.

In 1965 - 67 Mr. Herrington was deputy district attorney in the Ventura County District Attorney's Office in California. In 1967 he opened his own law office in Walnut Creek, Calif., specializing in real estate, corporate law, taxation, and contracts. He was recently involved in property management.

During the 1980 Presidential campaign, Mr. Herrington was a full-time volunteer advanceman with the Reagan for President committee. Following the Republican National Convention he was named western regional director for advance.

Mr. Herrington was graduated from Stanford University (A.B., 1961) and the University of California, Hastings College of Law (LL.B., J.D.; 1964). He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Herrington is married, has two children, and resides with his family in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was born in Los Angeles on May 31, 1939.

Nomination of Gilbert A. Robinson To Be Deputy Director of the International Communication Agency

May 6, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Gilbert A. Robinson to be Deputy Director, International Communication Agency.

Since 1960 Mr. Robinson has been chairman, Gilbert A. Robinson, Inc., a public relations firm. He is presently chairman, International Management of Capital & Assets Corp. In 1970 he was vice president and head of corporate communications for Gulf & Western Industries, Inc. In 1953 - 55 he was assistant to the chairman of the Ford Foundation project which initiated educational television in the United States.

Mr. Robinson's Government service has included serving as consultant to the Director of the Peace Corps in 1971 - 72, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce in 1955 - 59, Special Assistant for Reciprocal Trade Agreements Legislation in 1958, coordinator of the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959, and analyst with the National Security Agency in 1950 - 52.

Mr. Robinson was graduated from Roanoke College (B.S., 1950). He is married, has one child, and resides in Carmel, N.Y. He was born in New York City on May 25, 1928.