Irving Leaving Commerce Department


Washington -- Assistant Commerce Secretary Larry Irving
will leave his post at the end of the summer after six years as an important Clinton
Administration official on cable and telecommunications issues.

Irving, who did not announce his next move, will be
replaced by Gregory Rohde, currently a senior telecom policy aide to Sen. Byron Dorgan,
D-N.D., Commerce Secretary William Daley said in an Aug. 4 statement.

Irving was the first African American to be assistant
secretary for Telecommunications and Information, a post which includes the title of
director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Rohde's nomination requires Senate confirmation.
Irving spokeswoman Mary Hanley said he will announce his future plans after Labor Day.