John A. Koskinen has been Deputy Director for Management at OMB since 1994, a position to which he was nominated by President Bill Clinton, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He is responsible for those sections of OMB that provide oversight of Federal regulations, Federal information and computer policies, Federal procurement policies, Federal financial management policies, and management and program evaluation practices in Federal agencies. Prior to returning to public service, Mr. Koskinen was President of The Palmieri Company, a turnaround management firm which restructured a range of large, troubled operating companies.
The Palmieri Company was responsible for reorganizing the non-rail subsidiaries of the Penn Central Transportation Company and for development and disposition of the Penn Central's real estate and energy assets, served as an investment manager of real estate investments owned by the Teamsters Union's Central States; was Divestiture Trustee and manager for Levitt and Sons, Incorporated; successfully restructured Baldwin-United Corporation, a large diversified financial services company; provided management services to the Resolution Trust Corporation; and rehabilitated Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, the largest failed life insurance company in U.S. history.
Prior to joining The Palmieri Company, Mr, Koskinen served as law clerk to Judge David L. Bazelon, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Washington, DC; was associated with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles as an attorney; was Special Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders; represented Mayor John Lindsay and New York City in Washington; and served as administrative assistant to Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff of Connecticut.
John Koskinen was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 30, 1939; attended high school in Ashland, Kentucky; graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in 1961, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; graduated with an LLB., cum laude, from Yale Law School in 1964; and did post-graduate work in international law at Cambridge University in England from 1964 to 1965.
Mr. Koskinen presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and is a past President of the university's National Alumni Association. He was a Trustee for 12 years of the Cooperative Assistance Fund and also served for 12 years as an organizer and director of the National Captioning Institute. He also served as Chairman of the Washington, DC Host Committee for the 1994 World Cup and is Chairman of the Washington 1996 Olympic Soccer Committee.
Mr. Koskinen and his wife, the former Patricia Salz, and their two children, Cheryl and Jeffrey, live in Washington, DC.