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Nomination of Sean Charles O'Keefe To Be Secretary of the Navy


The President today announced his intention to nominate Sean Charles O'Keefe, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Navy. He would succeed H. Lawrence Garrett III.

Currently Mr. O'Keefe serves as the Acting Secretary of the Navy. Prior to this, he served as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense, 1989 - 92. He has also served as minority counsel for the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee, 1987 - 89; minority staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee, 1986 - 87; majority professional staff member, Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee, 1981 - 85; and budget analyst with Naval Sea Systems at the Department of Defense, 1980 - 81.

Mr. O'Keefe graduated from Loyola University (B.A., 1977) and Syracuse University (M.P.A., 1978). He was born January 27, 1956. Mr. O'Keefe is married, has three children, and resides in Arlington, VA.