Brian H. Moss was born in Salt Lake City, a son of Frank E. and Phyllis Hart Moss. It was while attending Uintah Elementary that he joined Utah's work force as a newspaper delivery boy. He's been a jack of various trades ever since.
Moss, 43, is owner-president of B.F. & T., Inc. He owns and operates two Blimpie sandwich shops in Utah, and he works with a travel agency. He and his wife, Carol, have four children: Heather, 12; Brennan, 11; Kristy, 9; and Bradley, 6.Before graduating from the University of Utah in 1970 in economics, Moss served in the Utah Army National Guard. Following graduation, he worked as executive director of a non-profit alcohol and drug abuse prevention program, Allied Youth Inc. In 1974, he was appointed special assistant to the director of foreign disaster assistance for USAID. His role was to direct U.S. disaster relief efforts in a variety of Third World countries.
In 1979, former Gov. Scott Matheson asked Moss to direct the Utah Office of the Four Corners Regional Commission, a program created to provide economic development and assistance to rural communities.
In 1984, Moss left to organize his own small business.
Moss, who ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 1984, is seeking the office his father held for 18 years.
The high-level advisory commission on the federal budget deficit probably will miss its self-imposed deadline for producing a plan to reduce the government's red ink, one of the panel's co-chairmen says.
Democrat Robert Strauss says the recommendations from the National Economic Commission may not be delivered to the Bush administration and Congress until March 1 or even later.
The commission will hold a full day of hearings on Nov. 16, with Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Green-span heading up a list of big names expected to testify.
This hearing had been billed as a showcase that would launch the panel into a month of intensive deliberations aimed at coming up with a deficit reduction plan by Dec. 21, in time to influence the next administration's first budget submission to Congress.
But Strauss said Tuesday those plans will likely be scrapped in favor of a more leisurely approach to the budget deliberations, if that meets the wishes of President-elect George Bush.
The 12-member commission, created by Congress last December, was viewed by many as offering the best hope of breaking through the seven-year political deadlock over reducing the federal budget deficit.
Supporters hoped the commission would be able to come up with a package of spending cuts and tax increases that would be acceptable to Congress and the next president.
But Bush has already said he will ignore any recommendations for higher taxes to reduce the deficit.