Clinton taps former lawmaker to head up Commerce

Clinton taps former lawmaker to head up Commerce

Clinton nominee Norman Mineta says he can do a lot in six months.

President Clinton has nominated Lockheed Martin Corp. senior vice president Norman Y. Mineta, a former Democratic House member, to take over as secretary of the Commerce Department.

He would replace William Daley, who resigned last month to manage Vice President Gore's presidential campaign (see story, Page 12).

Mineta's predecessor was active in several systems initiatives at the department, including the Digital Department project to move all Commerce operations to an electronic environment and most communications to the Web.

Under the planned $1.5 billion Digital Department project, Daley said he wanted all department services online by 2003.

If confirmed, Mineta said, his six-month stint as Commerce secretary will not be as a caretaker.''Some might say that the months remaining in this administration is not a lot of time to make a difference in the life of our nation,' he said. 'But I disagree. Six months is a virtual eternity in the new economy.'

From 1974 to 1995, Mineta represented California's 15th district, which includes Silicon Valley and its tech companies.

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