The White House
Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release
Contact: 456-7035 or Mike Russell at National Performance Review 202-632-0190
Thursday, April 3, 1997



Includes Live Satellite Town Hall Meeting With Reinventors, Federal Workers, Conferees To Discuss Government of 21st Century


WASHINGTON--A live satellite town hall meeting featuring Vice President Al Gore and successful federal government reinventors will help to kick off the Second Annual Reinvention Revolution Conference on Monday, April 7. The theme of this year's three-day conference --which more than 700 reinventors and management experts from across the U.S. will attend -- is "Strategies and Tactics for the 21st Century."

The conference opens on Monday, April 7 and ends on Wednesday, April 9. It will be held in the Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health Campus, Bethesda, MD. All conference plenary sessions are open to the press.

Conference Highlights

Monday, April 7

8:45 to 10:45 AM, Auditorium Conference begins John Kotter, Harvard Business School, author of Leading Change

2:00 PM, Registration area Federal government officials available for comments following their session with Senior Executive Service conference delegates:

Rodney E. Slater, Secretary of the Department of Transportation Franklin Raines, Director of the Office of Management and Budget James Lee Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

2:00 to 3:00 PM, Auditorium Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Department of the Interior will lead session on forging federal and state partnerships. Participants include:

Kevin Smith, Oregon Department of Economic Development Constance Lyons, Maryland Department of the Environment Mike Sponsler, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

NOTE: Media wishing to cover Vice President Gore's town hall meeting must arrive by 2:30 PM for security sweep and clearance.

3:00 to 4:30 PM, Auditorium

Vice President Gore leads a live interactive town hall meeting with reinvention leaders from across the United States. They will discuss goals and strategies for a 21st century government. Town hall panelists are:

Deborah Ruiz, of the Department of Defense at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot in San Diego, CA. Her team is using a little common sense and a lot of high-tech to save the Marines money on uniforms and PX supplies.

Bill Johnson, of the Department of Agriculture in Kansas City, MO. Johnson is a leading reinventor who has been fighting an uphill battle to save USDA $250,000 a year on postage -- enough stamps to reach from New York City to Los Angeles and back.

Georgia Layloss, of the Food and Drug Administration. Layloss inspects medical device manufacturing and production sites in the St. Louis, MO area. She has made major strides in changing the FDA's old adversarial relationship with industry into a more effective partnership that benefits patients.

Lt. John Mazur, of the New Jersey State Police. Mazur is working in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Laborers Union to keep highway construction crews safe on the job. His troopers are trained to watch for potential health and safety problems while posted at job sites ---freeing OSHA's inspectors to address other worker safety issues.

Tommy Roland, of the Customs Service. Roland is a Supervisory Inspector who was an innovative drug buster at Miami International Airport. He helped to increase drug seizures while at the same time speeding up passenger processing. He's now MIA's reinvention chief, coordinating their highly successful reinvention lab.

Participants in the live interactive town hall meeting will take part from these remote locations:

Dallas, TX U.S. Department of Justice
4211 Cedar Springs Rd. Suite 300
Contact: Kathryn Tracy, 214-767-9715

Chicago, IL PictureTel
1701 Goff Rd.
Tower 3, 8th Floor
Rolling Meadows, IL
Contact: Rich Maryanski, 847-290-5864

Atlanta, GA PictureTel
115 Perimeter Center Place
Suite 299

San Francisco, CA PictureTel
50 California Street
Suite 1650
Contact: Eric Murphy, 415-274-5108

Vice President Gore's segment of the conference (from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, Monday, April 7) will be fed live via satellite (Ku and C band) to all federal installations and is available to all downlink sites. Contact the National Performance Review Help Desk at 202-632-0150 for a fax on satellite coordinates. Satellite coordinates also are located on the National Performance Review Home Page:

Tuesday, April 9

8:15 to 9:45 AM, Auditorium John Kao, author of Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity

10:00 to 11:00 AM, Auditorium Gerald D. Prothro, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, IBM Corporation, on Leveraging Technology: The IBM Experience

1:45 to 2:45 PM, Auditorium General Bill Creech, USAF (ret.), author of the Five Pillars of TQM

2:45 to 3:00 PM, Auditorium Robert Tobias, President, National Treasury Employees Union, on forging labor-management partnerships.

Wednesday, April 9

8:40 to 9:40 AM, Auditorium The Honorable Stephen Goldsmith, Mayor, Indianapolis, IN, on forging local partnerships

9:45 to 10:45 AM, Auditorium U.S. Representatives Constance Morella (R-MD), Thomas Davis III (R-VA) and others Members to be announced, on forging institution partnerships.

2:00 to 3:30 PM, Auditorium Reinvention "Crossfire" panel featuring Elaine Kamarck, Senior Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore; Don Kettl, professor of political science and public affairs, University of Wisconsin; George Nesterczuk, Staff Director, U. S. House Subcommittee on the Civil Service; James Pinkerton, columnist, Newsday.

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