Nominations & Appointments, July 30, 1984

Nomination of Robert R. Davis To Be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

July 30, 1984

The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert R. Davis to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 1989. He would succeed Philip M. Johnson.

He is presently serving as senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress. Previously, he was international economist, vice president and economist, economic research office, Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago, IL (1979 - 1984); financial economist in the Division of Research of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1977 - 1979; economic consultant for National Management Consultants, Inc., in 1976; and visiting assistant professor, department of economics, Vanderbilt University, in 1975 - 1976.

He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1974; Ph.D., 1977). He is married and resides in Alexandria, VA. He was born April 3, 1949, in Atlanta, GA.

Appointment of Paul B. Simmons as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Policy Information

July 30, 1984

The President has appointed Paul B. Simmons as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Policy Information.

Mr. Simmons has served as acting executive secretary of the Cabinet Council on Human Resources since September 12, 1983. Previously he was Deputy U.S. Commissioner of Social Security in 1981 - 1983. He served 4 years, beginning in February 1977, on the senior staff of Gov. James R. Thompson of Illinois, first as director of the State of Illinois Washington office and later as executive assistant to the Governor. He was also director of the Governor's Cost Control Task Force.

Mr. Simmons was a special assistant in the office of the Assistant HEW Secretary for Legislation in 1975 - 1976; associate commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services in 1972 - 1974; executive assistant to the New York State Commissioner of Health in 1969 - 1972; and with the Capital Newspapers Group of the Hearst Corp. in 1964 - 1969.

He graduated from St. Michael's College (B.A., 1964) and the State University of New York Graduate School of Public Affairs (M.A., 1965). He is married, has one child, and resides in Washington, DC. He was born February 6, 1942, in Portland, ME.

Appointment of Michael A. Driggs as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development and Assistant Director for Commerce and Trade

July 30, 1984

The President today announced his appointment of Michael A. Driggs to be Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development and Assistant Director for Commerce and Trade.

Since March 1982 Mr. Driggs has been Deputy Assistant Secretary for Automotive Industry Affairs at the Department of Commerce. Previously, Mr. Driggs served as Executive Director of the Chrysler Corporation Loan Guarantee Board at the Department of the Treasury; as a budget examiner at the Office of Management and Budget; and as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Driggs received his master of public administration degree with an emphasis in public finance and economics from West Virginia University in 1973 and his B.A. from West Virginia University in 1969.

Mr. Driggs was born on October 12, 1947, in South Charleston, WV. He resides in the District of Columbia.