President Reagan announced his intention yesterday to nominate Lawrence B. Gibbs, a Texas lawyer, to be commissioner of Internal Revenue, succeeding Roscoe L. Egger Jr.
Gibbs, 47, knows what's in store for him: he served with the IRS as deputy chief counsel and assistant commissioner from 1972 to 1975. He is a partner in the law firm of Johnson & Swanson in Dallas.
A few weeks before members of the House were required to file their financial disclosure forms, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct issued a memo clarifying some of the requirements of the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. The memo's final page summarized:
"The committee obviously regrets that the above misconceptions have arisen . . . . It would appear that these misunderstandings are primarily due to the fact that the revised form more clearly informs filers of longstanding committee policies. In essence it would seem that some have mistakenly concluded that policies which, unlike prior years, are now clear, represent new interpretations of the 1978 act. As can be seen, the above-described policies are not new -- it is only that filers are now aware of them."
All clear, now?
Back to Washington
President Reagan has announced the nomination of Jonathan Moore to succeed Howard E. Douglas as U.S. coordinator for refugee affairs and ambassador at large. Moore, 53, is now director of the Institute for Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a former deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.
Sen. Russell B. Long (D-La.) recently came down hard on U.S. Trade Representative Clayton K. Yeutter, urging him to get tougher with countries that engage in unfair trade practices.
Yeutter replied in self-defense that he has already been so tough that the European press has been calling him "Rambo."
"I didn't hear that you were being called Rambo by somebody over there," Long said. "I just hope I'm going to hear you being called Rambo by somebody over here."