Miller Reportedly to Succeed Stockman as Budget Director / Trade Commission Chairman

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan is expected to choose a successor to budget director David A. Stockman by the end of the week, with Federal Trade Commission chairman James C. Miller III reportedly the leading candidate.

Some congressional sources said Thursday they had been told that Reagan had already decided to nominate Miller for the job, but the White House said no decision had been made.

""No one has been offered the job,'' spokesman Larry Speakes said. ""The president has not made a decision, nor have there been any recommendations to him.''

Speakes said White House chief of staff Donald Regan was still interviewing candidates and would probably make a recommendation to the president by the end of the week.

The spokesman said Reagan's choice was likely to be announced at that time.

The congressional sources, speaking on condition they not be identified, said the administration was spreading the word that Miller would be named.

Stockman, budget director since 1981, is resigning Aug. 1 to join the New York investment banking firm of Salomon Brothers.

Miller joined the FTC after serving as resident scholar and co-director of the Center for the Study of Government Regulation at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think-tank of a conservative bent. His nomination as director of the Office of Management and Budget would be subject to Senate confirmation. …

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