Mineta sworn in as new Commerce secretary

Mineta sworn in as new Commerce secretary

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

JULY 24'Norman Y. Mineta has been confirmed and sworn in as the Commerce Department's 33rd secretary.

The department announced last week that the San Jose, Calif., native will be the first Asian-Pacific American to serve in a presidential cabinet. He left a position as a senior vice president of Lockheed Martin Corp. to take the Commerce post. Acting Secretary Robert Mallett swore in Mineta during a private ceremony on Friday. A public ceremony has yet to be announced.

Mineta replaces William Daley, who resigned last month to manage Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign [see story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no19/community/2392-1.html].

The new Commerce secretary said he will focus his energies during the Clinton administration's remaining months on continuing to open the new economy to the mainstream and to work toward including all citizens in a so-called digital America.

Daley was active in several systems initiatives at the department, including the $1.5 billion Digital Department project to move all Commerce operations to an electronic environment and most communications to the Web. Daley targeted all services offered by the department to go online by 2003.

Mineta from 1974 to 1995 represented California's 15th district, which includes Silicon Valley and its high-tech companies. As Commerce secretary, he will oversee 40,000 employees worldwide and a $5 billion budget.

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