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Ranjit de Silva
CHIEF POLICY ADVISOR TO SENATOR BYRON
ASSUMES TOP TELECOMMUNICATIONS POST AT COMMERCE
WASHINGTON- Gregory L. Rohde was sworn-in by Commerce Secretary William M. Daley as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, the chief advisor on telecommunications and information policy in the Clinton/Gore Administration.
"Greg Rohde's vast experience in the legislative arena, particularly his significant experience in dealing with telecommunications and technology issues, will decidedly be an asset to me and to the Commerce Department as we work towards the administration's goals of bringing the benefits of Information Technology to all Americans," Daley said.
As Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Administrator of National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Rohde will be responsible for formulating policies supporting the development and growth of telecommunications, information and related industries. In addition, his responsibilities will include enhancing the efficiency and use of telecommunications and informational services as well as providing policy for federal use of the electromagnetic spectrum and the providing of telecommunications grants to public users. Rohde is the designated Sector Liaison Official for the Communications and Information sector in the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection initiative. He will work with the private sector in addressing problems related to critical infrastructure protection and implement a vulnerability awareness program for the sector.
Rohde served as a senior aide to Senator Dorgan and was the Senator's Chief Policy Advisor in all matters, including telecommunications and technology issues, relating to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of which Senator Dorgan is a member. He played a key role in many important legislative initiatives, including the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996 which represented sweeping reform of the telecommunications and media industries, and other significant telecommunications legislation.
Rohde, who was born in South Dakota but later moved with his family to North Dakota, was a state champion distance runner and received an All-American honors in track during his early school days.
He attended Colorado University in Boulder, Colo., and North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., on a track and cross-country scholarship. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.
Rohde, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 10, 1999, succeeds Larry Irving, who left the Commerce Department post in October to pursue a career in the private sector.