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New No. 2

Frank S. Holleman stepped into the job of deputy secretary last week at the Department of Education.

Mr. Holleman, 54, a lawyer from Greenville, S.C., and a former chief of staff to Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, assumed the agency's No. 2 spot under a recess appointment by President Clinton last month. Presidents can take such action when the Senate is not in session. The appointments can run the length of the congressional session without Senate confirmation.

"We consider this a very important position that has lots to do with the day-to-day management of the department," said Tom Lyon, an Education Department spokesman. The deputy secretary is the chief operating officer of the department and the secretary's top adviser on federal education policy and budget issues.

Mr. Holleman's recess appointment is set to last until late October, when the 106th Congress is expected to adjourn.

In announcing the recess appointment, Mr. Clinton praised Mr. Holleman. "He knows the department well and is highly respected here," the president said in a written statement. "He is making a personal sacrifice to return for one year because he believes in the importance of education."

Mr. Holleman's predecessor, Marshall S. Smith, 62, will return to his academic career at Stanford University later this month after nearly three years as acting deputy secretary. Mr. Smith will work as a professor in Stanford's school of education.

The Education Department received a high ranking last month in a consumer-satisfaction survey.

The department received an 80 on a scale of 0 to 100 in a survey of education publication users conducted by the University of Michigan's National Quality Research Center. The ranking was one of the highest for federal agencies and comparable to those of private-sector companies.

—Joetta L. Sack [email protected]

Vol. 19, Issue 17, Page 23

Published in Print: January 12, 2000, as Federal File

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